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Career Development Plan

Posted by Dayana Fraser on Tue, Jan 01, 2013 @ 11:00 AM

Setting New Career Goals for 2013

Whether you’re happily employed or searching for a job, the New Year is an ideal time to set or “reset” your career goals. For many, January is a great time to make a career development plan and to move forwards, whether you want a career change, a new job or perhaps just a way of progressing within your current one. 
But let’s face it, most people don't keep their New Year's resolutions, so what's the trick to making your career resolution stick? Here are some goal-setting tips to help you be successful when creating a career development plan, keeping your career resolutions and making the most of your career in 2013. 

Smiling confident business woman isolated against white1. Carve out some time to reflect on the previous year. Taking the time to reflect will give you some perspective on your current situation and also provide you with a better idea of where you want to be. Ask yourself a few of the following questions: 


  • What did and didn’t go well for you, professionally?

  • Did you set career goals for yourself for 2011? Did you meet those goals?

  • What professional accomplishments are you most proud of? (Add them to your resume!)

  • Can you identify areas in your career that need improving? If so, turn them into career development opportunities and goals for 2012!

2. Seek advice from an expert. You can benefit from their experience and their advice could  give you the advantage that will move you ahead.  

  • If you are in the earlier or middle part of your career, talk to a mentor (a previous boss, trusted friend, advisor or parent).

  • If you hold a more senior position in an organization consider enlisting the help of a professional career coach.

3. Then, take action! To generate the best results, approach your goal-setting task diligently and enthusiastically.

  • Be specific. Your goals should be specific and attainable while still causing you to stretch a bit. Your goal should require you do to something that will allow you to grow and improve yourself.

  • Be realistic. Keep in mind your abilities, your interests, ideal work environment.

  • State your goal in measurable terms. Determine a way to gauge your progress and to tell when you've reached your goal.

  • Create a plan. Whatever goals you set for yourself, you’ll want to develop a tactical plan broken down into incremental, actionable steps to help you achieve each goal.

  • Establish a deadline for yourself. A concrete time frame will help keep your eye on the prize. For example: "I will update my resume and cover letter by January 10th," is a better goal statement than, "I will update my resume and cover letter."

Creating a career development plan and achieving your career goals requires the commitment of your time and effort, and while it won't be easy, consider the tips above as you move your career forward.

Have you determined your own career goal for 2013? If so, comment below, we’d love to hear what it is!

Tags: Dayana Fraser