A career action plan is crucial in helping executives achieve their goals.  If you do not have a roadmap in mind, you will end up going somewhere else.  So, whether you want a different job; prefer to transition to a new industry or you simply want to get more out of your current job, it is time to create a career plan for 2014!

Step One:  Determine where you are on the map!

The first step in the creation of any career action plan is to pinpoint your current location on the map.  Marking all locations you have visited will allow you to chart the final destination.

Here are a few questions to help you assess where you currently are on the map:

  • Are you proud of any personal or professional accomplishments in 2013?
  • Did anything go particularly well for you in your career during the last year?
  • Did you learn any new skills or accomplish any major career goals in 2013?
  • Did you take on any new responsibilities at work last year?  Are the responsibilities boons for your CV?
  • Did you earn any new certifications or licenses in 2013?

After writing this information down, take time to record your accomplishments over the course of 2014 rather than waiting for January to roll around again.  Consider opportunities for improvement on your list.  Where are changes necessary?

Step Two:  Put your goals into achievable words!

Decide what you want by describing your ideal job.

  • What does your ideal employer look like?  What are the industry, size, location and structure?
  • How much do you want to earn in 2014, 2015 and 2016 consecutively?
  • Other than salary, what are the most important benefits of the occupation?
  • Is there anything in your current job that you do not want to find in your next job?

Step Three:  Develop the plan!

Identify two to three goals that you would like to tackle in 2014.  Write down why you are interested in making the change. What is your motivation for taking this path? Another good question to ask yourself is, “How will I know when I have accomplished my goal(s)?”

Step Four:  It is time to tack action!

With the tasks you have developed in Step Thee, this provides you a checklist of items to use to get down begin working toward new goals.  As you work through your task list, understand that taking the right actions will lead you to results.  If you are not progressing, it is time to change the plan.

Step Five:  Measure your progress!

Plan assessments of your progress every three months.  The checkup allows you to review goals and make any changes when they are necessary.

Taking time to plan is an important step in creating positive career trajectory for 2014.  If you fail to plan, you may find yourself treading water for the foreseeable future.  Do not be the person who wakes up in 2024 regretting that you did not make a plan in 2014!

2014 Career Action Plan