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If you are considering a new career or pondering over how you can progress in the career you are in, take a step towards achieving your goals by setting out a career plan.
A career plan or action plan is a list of things you want to achieve and how you are going to achieve them. Action plans can help you to work towards your target and stay on track by breaking your goals down into manageable pieces.
How to create an action plan
Before starting your action plan you need to consider:
- what you can do already
- what you'd like to do next
- what else you might need to learn to enable you to take on a new role
If you know you want a change but you’re unsure what it is, you could ask your family and friends for advice about the kind of career they think would suit you. You could also talk to someone who is already in your chosen career field to help you understand exactly what it is like to work in that role.
Once you know what you want to achieve, you can start building on your action plan. List the actions you’ll need to take (e.g. extra training) and put realistic target dates for achieving them. It is also useful to record a back-up option for how you might achieve your ambitions with an alternative method.
To make a career change work you need to take your time and put the hard work in while you still have an income. Change won’t happen overnight but if you’ve set a realistic action plan, you will achieve your goals.
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