Creating a plan of action to achieve your new career goal
In my January blog I wrote about how building your self-awareness is the first best step towards identifying a career that suits you and in my September blog I wrote about how, when you have achieved this, it is time to start identifying and exploring different career and job ideas.
One you have progressed through these two steps, it is time to assess the suitability of the different career and job options you have discovered and narrow them down to those that best suit you. To help you carry out this assessment, continue to talk to people working within the relevant career fields and work out how closely each role matches your skill set and interests. Evaluate each option and work out the gaps needed to be filled in order to work in each area.
Once you have narrowed down your options, set your new career goal and create a plan of action to achieve this goal. Write down when you want to achieve it by and each step you will need to take to get there.
Your action plan may include investigating sources of vacancies, preparing a CV and making applications where relevant. You may want to contact recruitment agencies or attend seminars and conferences. It is also really important to continue talking to relevant people within the career field you have identified - you never know who may open a door for you. Networking is often the best way to move in to a new role.
You may also want to spend some time researching interview techniques and finding someone to practise with.
Finally, remember to celebrate when you have achieved the best career for you!