Top Career Planning Tips

Mar 09, 2018

Invest Time

Take time out to reflect on and consider the direction of your career. Step away from your busy life and invest time to decide what it is that you want from YOUR career.

Develop a career plan

Treat this like a business plan and set clear goals, map out how you are going to achieve these goals, visualise what the end goal will look like and how you will measure your success. Setting SMART goals and using mind-mapping techniques can be useful in this area. Putting your plan down on paper will bring clarity and provide you with key career objectives. The career coaching service offered by Chartered Accountants will support you in this area.

Consider your values

Reflect on your values. What is most important to you? Consider how you can incorporate what is important to you in to your career to ensure maximum fulfilment. There are various online tests available to help including

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What motivates you?

Motivators are different for us all. What fuels your passion and drives you? What gets you out of bed in the morning? Consider what career path will provide you with the enthusiasm to drive forward and achieve success in your career.

Leverage your Success Bank

List what your key successes have been in your career and life to date. Acknowledge and celebrate them. Consider what skills these accomplishments demonstrate you have and then decide to utilise and leverage these competencies to achieve further success in your career.

Transferable skills

Look to see what skills you possess that could be transitioned into other areas and that might then offer you renewed career potential. Consider also which skills could benefit from being enhanced and research what opportunities could exist if you did so. Our Career Coaching team can help and support you with this process and provide confidential and impartial support. They can guide you in relation to best ways in which you can up-skill. If you decide to seek a career move they can also help you with access to a wide range of job opportunities.

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Be curious and monitor the trends

The market is changing at a faster pace than ever, so it is critical that you stay in touch with key market trends and developments. Keep up to date with what is happening in your area. Seek out what skills and competencies are in demand and establish where gaps might exist in your skillset and the look to see how you can develop in these areas. Consider how market changes can present opportunities for you and be aware of any threats that might exist.

Find a mentor

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Seek a mentor and look for guidance and advice based on their experiences. They will also provide a different and objective perspective. You can source a career mentor via the Career Mentor Programme offered by Chartered Accountants Ireland.

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Developing your network is a critical part of any strategic career plan. Build your network to include a wide range of key stakeholders who can support you as you further your career. Attending Chartered Accountants Ireland events will help to broaden your network.

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Possess a positive mind frame

Often it is not your aptitude that will determine your career success but rather your attitude. Approaching your career with a positive mind-set and a solutions focus approach will benefit you. Believing in your own potential will fuel your motivation.

Develop resilience

Your career may not always develop according to your plan. Be prepared to improvise and develop the determination and focus to get back on track.

Review your plan regularly

Life moves quickly and things will change. Take time out to review your plan to ensure you are staying on track. There will be times when you have to change course, develop new strategies and update your career strategy. That is to be expected