Everyone wants to excel in his or her career, but not everyone puts in the effort required to do so. Are you in the same place career wise as you were 3 or 5 years ago? Do you still work in the same position, same salary, and same organization?

If you still do, then you need to reevaluate your career growth plan. Staying in the same place for such a long time will surely delay your ambitions in life. You need to start moving and climb up the success ladder today by making and adhering to a specific career growth plan.

How to create a career growth plan

A career growth plan is like a map to the ultimate career destination that you desire. A good plan should have the following outlines to help you make realistic career growth plans:

The starting point

Where are you now in your current career? You need to evaluate the level of progress you have achieved currently.

The destination

What does a successful career look like to you? You need to envision it in your mind so that you can head towards it. Where do you want to go?

The gap

What do you need to do in order to move from where you are to where you want to be in your career? Do you need to learn some new skills or advance your education? What challenges do you need to overcome so that you can succeed?

The route

Now that you have identified what you need to do, how will you get to your career destination? Do you need to apply for another job? Will you have to move to another place to pursue your career?

The above steps will help you to identify your long-term career goals as well as your short-term goals. They will enable you to accomplish the short-term goals as you move towards your long-term objectives.

Here are the steps you need to take in creating a career growth plan:

Identify your present position

The most important step is to identify your current progress in your career. What are your current skills, strengths, and weaknesses? Carefully ascertain various factors in your career like:

  • Your current position in your field
  • Are you planning to pursue further education?
  • Where do you fall in the career ladder?
  • Past experiences
  • Any natural talents and skills you possess
  • What drives and motivates you?
  • What tires you easily and challenges you in your work?
  • What is your personality? Do you enjoy projects that require teamwork or working alone?

Writing down the answers will be very helpful in the process of evaluating yourself. Add any relevant questions that might come up and answer them accordingly.

Identify your ultimate career destination

Find out how your career goal looks like. Brainstorm and figure out where you want to be in the next ten years. If everything goes your way, what would you enjoy doing as a career at that time?

After you have seen that in mind, now plan smaller goals that you can achieve sooner, in like two years. Write each down and start working on them. The short-term goal will act as a compass towards your ultimate career goal. You will remain on track as you progress.

Do thorough research

Research your dream career and look up jobs that fit your career destination. What are the requirements of that position? Researching will give you a better understanding of what you need to aim for.

You can also consult with professionals in your field. Approach your mentors, colleagues, or supervisors for advice on any additional skills you need to have.

Compare what you have with what you need to have in order to achieve your goal. This way, you will figure out the areas you need to be focusing on for improvement.

Put in the work

Now that you have determined where you are and where you want to be, what next. You have also researched what your career destination requires, what it takes to achieve it, and the level of experience you should have to achieve it.

Now work on your short term goals, get the needed skills, advance your education if you must, apply for a higher position job at your current job, or different organization, and get the experience you need.

The above post contains everything required to propel yourself forward to your career destination. Implement it and be sure to enjoy the fulfilling and successful career of your dreams.