Modernity has brought many changes to the workforce, one of those is switching jobs more frequently. According to Balance Careers, the “average person changes jobs an average of 12 times” during their lifetime and the reasons cover a broad spectrum, such as higher pay, better benefits and career advancement - to name a few. With more people upgrading their employment status regularly, career planning is one of the most potent tools individuals can use to plot a fulfilling and successful path.
Whether you are just starting down a career path, looking for a promotion or considering switching careers, here are four reasons why career planning needs to be part of the process.
1. Career Planning Creates Goals and Accountability
Career planning uses a process called SMART goals, which set into motion a timeline of objectives to attain and skills to master within a set time frame. What does SMART stand for?
Career planning provides the perfect opportunity to identify and maximize professional strengths and formulate a career trajectory that capitalizes on those skills and talents. As you evaluate your abilities, also consider what parts of a job makes you the happiest. Do you like one-on-one conversations with clients? Do you prefer to work with data, creating budgets and reports? Whatever it may be, use this time to reflect on how a career planning roadmap can incorporate what you are good at and enjoy doing, which will help you develop a career that is meaningful and fulfilling.
3. Taking Charge Of Your Career Plan Builds Confidence
Having a deep understanding of your strengths and values allows you to set meaningful and attainable goals during the career planning process. When we meet those targets, be it personal or professional, it builds confidence. This trait in the workplace has numerous benefits, such as:
As you work through your goals, keep a record of your achievements, such as printing off a certificate, updating a bullet point on your resume or editing your profile on LinkedIn. This final step reinforces your progress and adds personal value to what you’ve accomplished.
4. Make More Thoughtful Career Planning Decisions
When we design a career plan, decision-making becomes easier. Why? When decisions are made based on achieving clear outlined objectives, it is easy to view the broader context of each situation and make a thoughtful choice with goals in mind.
Find Your Hire Purpose
At CorEdge, our financial recruiters take the time to learn about your goals and work with you to build a career plan. Contact us today to speak directly with one of our recruiting experts and let us help you find your ‘hire purpose.’