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How to Get to the Top – Or Wherever You Want to Get to

Written by Super User 24 December 2012

Seeing the bigger picture, seeing what needs to be done, creating a plan, delivering a result.

everyone needs a career strategy

One of the trickiest little words in business vocabulary is “strategy.” It’s tricky because so few people seem to know what it means. So let’s keep it simple – it means a simple plan for success, it means defining where you want to get to and then providing a route map to show how you are going to get there. So, destinations and strategy are what any successful careerist needs. You wouldn’t do anything important at work without having a strategic plan now would you? Everyone needs a career strategy – everyone. It doesn’t mean to say it can’t change, because people change, things happen, ambition is often shaped by circumstance, and life is unpredictable. Write your strategy now under these simple headings:

  • What do you want to achieve? -Money -Security -Power -Status
  • How many different jobs am I prepared to look at and in what sectors?
  • What am I most interested in?
  • What is the essential me and what I could be?
  • What are my strongest asset/talenrs?
  • What are my weaknesses?
  • How would I sell myself in brief(the key plus point)?
  • What would my friends say about me?
  • How well have I done so far(three examples of achievement)?
  • What is the likely route map for my career? - Number of moves - Special skills - Continuing education learning - Milestone moment

Well, if you have now been through the exercise you may have a better sense of where you want to go and what it will take to get there. We’d expect to go through this and more in writing the strategic plan for a more vital and important brand-ourselves-we get awkward, embarrassed and tongue-tied. Why? It really is crazy, isn’t it? Well, that’s the “head” way of going about it. The cerebral, strategic approach to career development and to making it happen for you. It’s your own secret marketing plan for success. But there’s a parallel way you should try-using your gut and your heart.