Have you mapped out your career path?
As the year 2021 is halfway through, have you thought about where your career is going? Do you see yourself staying in the same role, company, and industry? Or are you looking to explore other opportunities and options outside your comfort zone?
Whatever you have in mind – it’s best to map out a plan. This helps you envision a clear path to follow and determine what steps to take to make it happen.
So, what are the questions to answer when mapping out your career path?
- What is your endgame?
At what age are you planning to retire – and what do you intend to do then? Do you want to build a family? Travel? Be a social media influencer? Become a business owner? Knowing how you see yourself in years to come helps you prepare for it. If you’re looking to become a business owner, you’ll start taking business management classes and investing in the potential trends that can help earn you money. You can also get a business coach to jumpstart your journey.
- What is it you love to do?
The fact is many people aren’t happy with their roles. They dread coming to work every day and feel trapped. You don’t want that for yourself. So, you need to align your career path with what you enjoy doing. What are your skills and talents – what do you think you were born to do, which only you can do? It’s not always about the most high-paying job, it’s more of what brings you satisfaction and fulfillment at the end of the day.
- What is your timeline?
It’s good practice to have a personal career calendar that maps out your progress. You should track your milestones to determine how far and long it will take to your reach your end goal. Having a specific timeline puts your every step into perspective – it makes you more thoughtful about what companies and roles to take – and really think about how they’ll help you move your career forward.
For others, they find fulfillment in serving others. If you can expand your intentions for the good of others, you might find yourself reaping dividends when you serve others in pursuit of your career.