“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where– ” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
“–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation.
“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”
Hello SOTGC community,
Do you recognize this quote from Alice in Wonderland? It is often mistakenly referred to as: “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.”
If you’ve followed my last three blogs, I’ve promised to share a Success List for your career and to expand upon one item every week.
This week the focus is on your career development plan. Like Alice, without a clear road map or career plan, your journey will get you somewhere, but may take twice as long, or the destination may not exceed your expectations.
- Keep my resume updated.
- Know my strengths.
- Create a career development plan.
- Build a professional network.
- Manage my physical energy.
Why a career development plan? Creating a career development plan has multiple benefits for you:
- When was the last time you inventoried your talents, strengths, and experiences and wrote them down?
- How often do you think about your next career move, your short- and long-term career aspirations? What new skills and knowledge do you need to get you there?
- Who could help you in your career journey? A mentor? A network of like-minded career enthusiasts?
A Written Plan:
In the book, What They Don’t Teach You in the Harvard Business School, Mark McCormack wrote about a study conducted on students in Harvard’s 1979 MBA program. Interviewers asked the students if they had written clear goals for their future and made plans to accomplish them. The interviewers found that:
- 84 percent of those interviewed had no specific goals at all.
- 13 percent had goals, but those goals were not committed to paper.
- Only three percent had clear, written goals and plans to accomplish them.
The Harvard MBA program is extremely competitive. The few students who make it into the program are successful to begin with by most traditional standards. Yet even though these graduates start out making a six-figure salary, some end up being much more successful than others over the long-term. Why is that?
In 1989, these same students were interviewed again. Here are those results:
- The 13 percent of the class who had goals were earning, on average, twice as much as the 84 percent who had no goals at all.
- Even more staggering—the three percent who had clear, written goals were earning, on average, ten times as much as the other 97 percent put together.
Do you know the difference between having a dream and a goal? A plan! So, if you want to start the process today, go to my website: Findyouraim.com to download a Career Development Plan template.
Having a career development plan will accelerate your career journey because you have a clear line-of-sight of the goals you want to accomplish and the path that will get you there.
Like Alice, you can experience a marvelous adventure! Yet, by following the tips above, you’ll reach your destination must faster!
Here’s to your success!
Dorothy and Alice
What do you think? Ready to get your plan on paper and in action? If so then please share this among your Personal Advisory Board to rally the support for your next career moves.