Make a career plan

To achieve something you often need a plan. A plan helps you to implement a system in the various necessary steps. It provides an overview for yourself. You know what you have done and what you still have to do. This way you can also make a plan to achieve your dream job. For many people it seems impossible or far too far away. You make the steps smaller by means of a plan. This way you will ultimately be able to achieve your goal.

Step 1: In 5 years

Write a description of what you want to be doing in 5 years. Imagine that you have then achieved your dream job. It doesn’t matter whether this is feasible or not. Make a detailed report of your career and what your life is like. Suppose your dream job is ‘editor-in-chief of a well-known magazine’

Step 2: Halfway

Go back to the halfway point. What are you doing then? How do you know this is a job that is halfway to your dream job? Do you like the job? The future editor-in-chief works halfway as editor-in-chief of the magazine.

Step 3: In 1 year

Where will you be in 1 year? What do you do and how does that bring you closer to your dream job? In 1 year you will be working as an editor and also taking a ‘management’ course

Step 4: In 3 months

What will your life look like in 3 months, when you start taking the first steps towards your dream job today? What decisions have you made and changes have you made? In 3 months you will be working hard by writing texts for well-known magazines on a freelance basis, you will be taking additional courses and at the same time you will be applying to become a permanent editor at a well-known magazine. By starting with your goal and slowly To plan back, divide this into small steps. A successful career does not come naturally. Most people at the top had to work hard for this. By the way, a top job does not always have to be your dream job. Some people simply dream of working in another profession. For example, instead of being an accountant, be a social worker. This is of course also hard work, but perhaps a little easier to achieve than the example above.

Shaping your plan

  1. What requirements do you have to meet? Do you have the right diplomas or do you still need to take a training/course?
  2. Who can help me? Is there a friend or other reliable person who can help you along the way and has good ideas?
  3. Who can I learn from? Which experts in your desired field can you learn from?
  4. Which training or course should you follow? How long does the training last, what are the requirements to follow it, where is the training given, can you still work on the side, do you have to do internships?
  5. What do I need to become proficient in? In which areas do you need to develop yourself to achieve your goal? Do you need to work on your speaking skills or your fitness?
  6. What will it cost? An important part is listing all costs. You also have to take this into account if you have less income because you will be working less during your training.
  7. How are you going to finance it? Are you going to work more? Are you going to save in advance? Maybe you’ll borrow it?

The first step

The first step is scary, but also a challenge. It is then important to persevere and not postpone. There are a number of things you can do first to ultimately achieve your dream job:

  • Look up information on the internet
  • Complete registration forms for the training or course you want to follow
  • Call a company where you would like to work and ask if you can join them for a day

Make yourself a list and start with what you most want to do last. That’s probably the most useful.