You've got to think about big things while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction. - Alvin Toffler

Reasons to Create a Career Action Plan

Creating a career action plan allows you to:

Lead Your Career - Success is rarely created by simply falling into a job, being pressured, or doing what everyone else does. Those who lead their careers based on who they are and what they want for their lives create fulfillment and success.

Focus on the Big Picture - When you have a vision for your career, it is easy to focus all of your goals and strategies on getting you there. Knowing what you want helps you to make decisions about staying on your path or perhaps taking a little diversion … knowing all along that it is the journey and the destination that creates happiness.

Empower Personal and Professional Development - Your career plan is not a static document. It evolves as you do. Use it to build on and expand your strengths. Get support from others (coaches, mentors, advisors) to help you grow. Become a life-long learner.

Be Courageous - It is normal to be afraid at times throughout your career. People struggle with "the unknown." It takes courage to step out of your comfort zone, so you may feel some anxiety. That is when you consult your career plan to remind you of where you are going, confront your fears, and get back on track.

Come Prepared - Opportunity knocks and you will be ready to take advantage of it. You will rarely be surprised by what is going on around you because you are consistently reviewing your career plan for alignment with what you want.

Focus - Most of us would be good at a thousand things, but how do you choose? Your career plan guides your decisions and curtails distractions.

Be Creative - The process of developing a career plan is very creative. Set yourself free from "what is" and imagine, dream, explore. You might be surprised at what you cook up!

Live a Life of Integrity - Crafting a career that is rooted in your values means that your career is one in which what you say matches what you do. It will be easy to make choices that align your values to the values of others to create harmony.

How to Get Started

Career Planning: Your Career On Purpose - Watch this video to learn how to take control of your career through decision making, assessment, and research.

My Career Plan - A worksheet to help get you started in creating your own career plan.

SWOT Analysis - A SWOT Analysis is a tool that many companies and organizations use for strategic planning. It will help you analyze your current career situation including your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.

Create a Career Plan - A CareerBeam career management tool with exercises in goal setting, organization, strategy planning, and progress monitoring.