Polishing the Professional

Do You Know Where You Are Going?

When starting your career planning strategy, the first thing we explain to our clients is, to begin with, the end in mind. You cannot get to where you are going without a clear understanding of where you are heading. Think about where it is you want to be in five or perhaps ten years. Once you have a clear vision of what your career and life should look like in that time, you can begin to implement the steps needed to achieve that success.

Now that you have the big plan laid out, you need to start from the beginning. While your long-term goal may be to become the CEO of a company, you’re certainly not going to walk in the door and acquire that position. You possibly never had a job before, so that means you’ll have to start where you are now, and that could be an entry-level administrative position. From there, work your way up. The next step might be Department manager, Sr. Manager, Executive VP, and so on. You get the point.

One thing that is clear when I meet successful people, they have/had a plan, and they followed it. They also remained open to unplanned opportunities and forks in the road that were not a part of their program. Staying centered and steadfast in their approach and embracing change made a significant contribution to all the success they’ve achieved today. Here’s wishing you the best in yours.

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