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4 Examples of Career Plans

 , updated on September 12, 2023
A career plan is a set of goals for an individual's career with an action plan that identifies steps toward these goals. Career plans can be communicated to an employer or used as a personal tool to identify career opportunities that suit your needs, capabilities and preferences. The following are examples of career plans.

Performance Management

It is common to develop a career plan together with your manager as part of performance management. This allows you to share your ambitions with your employer and obtain feedback on what you need to do to achieve your goals. As part of the performance management process that is documented by human resources, this type of career plan is typically crafted to avoid politically sensitive goals. For example, an employee who avoids making their manager feel that they are after their job. Career plans developed with your employer focus on options that are possible internally. As such, they may not reflect the full scope of your ambition.

Career Plan

Short Term
- improve public speaking abilities
- become more visibile to stakeholders
- manage projects to schedule, budget and requirements

Long Term
- transition to a management role in IT

Action Plan
Action
Objective
Measurement
Give presentations to improve public speaking skills.
Complete 5-8 presentations by the end of Q3.
Feedback from participants.
Manage the billing system project.
Deliver project on-time and on-budget.
Stakeholder satisfaction rate
Budget variance
Schedule variance
Deliver quick wins to improve visibility with key stakeholders.
Actively participate in governance meetings and take action items that are important to stakeholders by the end of Q3.
Complete 5-6 action items.
Feedback from stakeholders.

Career Change

A mid-career professional may develop their own career plan to identify possible career changes or advancements. This may be a back-to-basics look at what is really important to you. When your goals are identified, it is common to develop a swot analysis to determine your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. This leads into both a short term and long term plan stated as actionable objectives.

Career Plan

Goals
- higher compensation
- continued work-life balance
- high job satisfaction
- low risk transition

Strengths
- technology architecture
- software development and analysis
- outgoing and personable
- independent and resilient

Weaknesses
- managing the work of others
- managing budgets and schedules
- no sales experience

Opportunities
Sales team always looking for talent who can close deals.

Threats
Compensation in sales team is only high if you can close deals.

Short Term Plan
- get to know people in the sales team
- learn everything there is to know about sales

Long Term Plan
Transition to the sales team to improve compensation.

Career Start

Inexperienced individuals seeking to begin a career such as students typically focus on establishing an initial career choice. This typically begins by listing relevant interests, abilities and personality traits. This type of career plan typically requires guidance or research to identify potential careers of interest. Guidance or research is also required to identify actionable steps towards career goals such as education, experience and relationship building.

Career Plan

Goals
High salary, low stress and a local position.

Interests
Technology, art, performing art and dance.

Abilities
Math, languages, art and computing programing

Personality
Shy, big picture thinker, sensitive, cooperative, flexible and open.

Opportunities
Software developer, design, commercial artist.

Short Term Plan
- apply to university fine arts programs
- minor in computer science

Long Term Plan
Career in graphics design, commercial art, fine art or a marketing position focused on creative work such as advertising or product development.


Action
Objective
Date
Get into a Fine Arts program
Acceptance into 2-3 colleges.
April 30,2030

Career Development

A plan to advance in your profession and career by gaining experience, knowledge and skills.

Career Development Plan

Business Needs
- Generating sales opportunities.
- Sales people who can close.
- Sales people who are knowledgeable about products.

Professional Goals
- Become a top closer in the sales team.
- Improve customer relationships to reduce churn.
- Develop industry relationships to identify high value leads.

Career Development Plan
Attend industry conferences to develop networking and relationship management skills.

Complete product training.

Attend sale leadership workshop to improve sales skills.


Action Plan
Action
Objective
Date
Attend 2-3 industry conferences this year.
Gain 20-50 new contacts.
December 31, 2030
Complete internal product training sessions.
Schedule and complete at least 2 training sessions.
December 31, 2030
Complete sales leadership workshop.
Attend the sales leadership workshop in Las Vegas next winter.

February 20, 2031

Overview: Career Plan
Type
Definition
A set of goals for an individual's career with an action plan that identifies steps toward these goals.
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