The importance of long-term career planning

Planning ahead is making sure that you get the best start in all situations. During your career, or right at the start of it, it is likely that you may need to take some time out to plan. Whether for personal or professional reasons, the time comes around where you will have to consider all of your options and how they can affect all aspects of your life.

These are only some of the things to consider, but the factors and their importance will always differ from person to person. Depending on all characteristics and situations, the core of them always tend to include:

  • Health
  • Family and relationships
  • Money
  • Personal characteristics
  • Home and environment
  • Work-life balance

Why a long-term plan?

One of the best ways to overcome any challenges faced these factors, and any others, is to plan ahead. Planning ahead by a year or a few years can really help set things into perspective and it will allow you to look at the bigger picture, allowing a clearer path into what you ought to be doing. A 5 year plan is a perfect example of this, however, if you are going into a new career and have more options to explore, a 1 year plan will do just fine. A 1 year plan allows you to test the waters, which you can also extend or rework at any point during it.

How do I start my long-term plan?

The best way to start up your long-term plan is to be ambitious, ignoring the doubts and the questions of how you will get there that you may have. It is only when you start looking at the “how” of achieving these things that you need to be more realistic.

A career plan

As an example, let’s set a goal to become an astronaut. That is your main goal, now we need to see what this goal requires. More often than not, a professional goal such as a job position will require the following:

Education can come in many forms, whether it is formal lower and higher education, self taught, specialised courses. This is the act of forming your basic knowledge in your desired field. This may require from a few weeks to up to a few years. This is a stage in your planning where your goal setting matters. Are you willing to dedicate the required time to Learning?

Experience is the act of getting into a role with the purpose to educate yourself on the practical everyday life of your desired field. Different experience levels are required for each goal, so again you may need to spend a dedicated amount of time on gaining experience.

Training will be the last stage that you take on the way to your goal. It will be learning the specifics, and the ins and outs of the final stage. Now it’s time to congratulate yourself. Achieving an ultimate goal, no matter how long it may take to get there, shows dedication and drive. But your career goes on, and you can either remain as you are, or aim for higher.

Further into your long-term plan

As you evolve further down your career path it will become clear that you are either going to achieve your goal, or you may have to work for it longer than planned. Although planning is the best way to keep your mind set on your goal, these don’t always go exactly as expected. This change may be caused by inside factors, such as change of interests or passions, or outside factors such as health and family. 

How does your long term plan affect your everyday life?

It is important to understand how a long-term career plan will affect other aspects of your life, and how you can incorporate your new plan into existing or future ones.

Whilst being recruiters, meaning we can help you along your job hunt and land you a great job, we also offer full candidate screenings, ensuring that we get to know you and what your future plans hold. Make sure you get in touch with us to see how we can help your career!