I don’t know about you, but I get overwhelmed when someone asks me what is your two, five, or 10 year career plan. It is great to have long term goals and dreams, but from personal experience I’ve found that life may throw you some curve balls. You may find that your interests and passions change over time, you might get burnt out from your initial career path, or you may discover a talent that you never knew you had.
My point is to leave yourself some wiggle room with your career. It’s okay to change paths and you don’t have to freak out if you don’t know what you want in your next position. I’m in a great place right now. I love my current job and I’m able to still devote some time to my freelance writing. I’m not thinking about what’s next because I’m content in this moment. That doesn’t mean that I’m putting my career development on pause though. I consider myself a lifelong learner. For this year I decided rather than stress myself out with a plan for what’s next, I’d focus on what’s now instead. I challenged myself to come up with a list of 10 career goals that were doable for me this year.
- Publish articles about career development in my field
- Learn a new skill
- Speak at a conference or on a panel
- Develop a network of peers in my field
- Improve on my flaws and weaknesses
- Find more opportunities to do the the aspects of my job that I love the most
- Be an exemplary, selfless, and collaborative coworker
- Don’t neglect my writing
- Reconnect with former colleagues I admire
- Access at the end of the year and get ready to concur 2017
What are your career goals for this year?