Why It's Time to Review Your Career Plan for Next Year

Its a New Year - Is It Time to Review Your Career Plan?

In the manufacturing world, organisations frequently amend their processes to make production more strategic. In the financial world, we're continually updating software and algorithms that help us to calculate more efficiently. So, when's the last time you revised your career plan?  

Now that the New Year is upon us, it's time for professionals to sit down and think carefully about where you are on your route to success, and where you would like to be in the next few years 

The key to success with role planning is remembering that just because you've found the sector you want to work in, doesn't necessarily mean your ambitions will stay the same over the years.  

People change, more than you might think, and the world changes too. Manufacturers are now working with IoT and AI, while financial experts explore machine learning algorithms in the modern world. 

As time passes by you'll adapt to new trends, and learn more about the kind of job that's right for you. So, how do you make sure your plan is keeping you on the right track? 


1. Reflect on Your Needs, Wants, and Preferences 

When you started your professional life, maybe you decided that you wanted to be a sales administrator. However, now that you've spent a little more time in the industry, perhaps you've grown a preference for project management instead. 

Change is a factor of life, and something you loved doing last year, might be something you dread today. Take the time to reflect on the things in your career you feel most strongly about, and write a list of your likes, and dislikes. If your current position is filled more with things in the ‘like column than the dislike column, then you're safe.  

On the other hand, if you're just not getting what you want from your employer anymore, it might be time to refine your CV and search for a new role, in a new business.  


2. Consider "Transferrable" Skills 

Sometimes, it's hard to see what other opportunities might be waiting on the horizon when you start to focus too heavily on job titles. Each career, whether it's manufacturing, administration, or finance, requires a specific set of skills. If you can identify the talents you have that can be transferred to any organisation; then you can open more doors for your professional future.  

For instance, if you've always seen yourself as a fees administrator, but you want to try something new, why not focus on your affinity with numbers, accounting software, and cash flow to look for a job as a purchasing coordinator or a account executive?  


3. Check Out Current Job Trends 

If you're happy with the company you work for right now, but you want to make sure that you're opening doors for your future, then you might consider upgrading your skills according to the current trends in the marketplace. By keeping up to date on what's happening within your industry, you can make your CV even more appealing by adding  extra abilities.  

For instance, maybe you've always been an expert in accounting, but now that you've noticed a growing trend in start-ups who need business advice, you decide to take a course in company management techniques too.  

On the other hand, if you have a specific idea of what your dream job is, you can look at listings with a specialist recruitment company, and fill in the gaps in your skill set that will make you the perfect candidate for a future role.  


4. Remember to Grow your Network 

Sometimes, being successful in the professional world is just as much about "who" you know, as what you know. Your expertise is only one part of the puzzle, and if you can expand your relationships with influential figures in your sector, then you will be perceived as an authority in your field.  

The more people you know in your chosen space, the more likely you are to generate a good reputation, which can go a long way when it comes to earning that all-important job offer.  

Remember, employers like to look at the "personal brand" of an applicant when they're considering a new hire, and a thriving network can be the key to making a lasting impression.  

There are plenty of ways to expand your social pool, from connecting with experts on LinkedIn, and other social media channels, to attending local events.  


5. Set Long and Short-Term Goals 

Finally, the best way to ensure you don't veer off track on the road to your dream job is to envision where you want to be, both now, and in the long-term. Think about what you'd like to accomplish by the end of this year, and link your goal to long-term ambitions.  

Remember, goals can keep you motivated when the going gets tough, but they're not set in stone. As you continue to develop your skills and learn more about your industry, your intentions and objectives might change. Be open to new ideas, and you'll eventually get the role that's right for you.  


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