How To Build A Career Progression Plan.

How To Build A Career Progression Plan.

A career progression plan is your roadmap to where you want to get to professionally. It is the simple steps you plan to take to get where you want to be.

Think of career progression as a goal. The steps to take to achieve that goal are:

  • Identify the career you want.
  • Understand the skills/experience/qualifications/strengths you need to succeed.
  • Identify the skills etc.. you already have, and those you need to develop.
  • Set out how, where and when you will achieve these skills.
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 Knowing Yourself

Begin by thinking about where you are now, where you want to be and how you're going to get there.

Work on getting to know your skills, interests and values.

Ask yourself: Where am I at now? Where do I want to be? What do I want out of a job or career? What do I like to do? What are my strengths? What is important to me?

Career plans should leverage your assets, set you in direction of your aspirations, and account for the market realities.

  • Articulate educated hypotheses about each. “I believe I am skilled at X, I believe I want to do Y, I believe the market needs Z.” 
  • These hypotheses should lead you to specific actions even though you may have broad aspirations, like “help interesting people do interesting things” or “design human ecosystems.” 
Feeling stuck in your career

A lot of people complain that they feel stuck in their careers: they feel they're working hard, but they don't seem to move forward in life.

This feeling of being stuck has to do with a small distinction people rarely make when pursuing professional advancement: the difference between knowledge and meta-knowledge.

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