|The Key Components of a Career Plan|
A strategic career plan should have these core components:
- Statement of your short- and long-term goals, clearly outlined but flexible
based on the iterative process of building a plan to meet your needs, your
employer’s needs and the market’s needs
- Concise but complete summary of:
- Your answers to the key questions in the CareerEDGE discovery process,
including analysis of gaps between your needs and aspirations and the
reality of your current situation and marketplace requirements
- Your value proposition today, what you would like it to be (or what it
needs to be) in the future and how this positions you to reach your
- Action steps to close gaps and achieve your goals, including:
- Market Research—How do I stay informed?
- Learning Plan—How do I stay relevant?
- Personal Marketing—How do I build relationships?
- Managing Risk—How do I anticipate change and eliminate career
- Maintaining Energy—How do I stay motivated and positive?
- Managing Finances—Can I afford my plan?
- Identifying Sources of Support—Do I need a coach, mentor or advisor?
- Process to monitor progress, gain feedback and update the plan on an
ongoing basis based on changing realities in the marketplace and changes
in your thinking.
Source: Broscio, Michael A., CMF, and Jay E. Scherer, “What’s Your Plan?,” Healthcare Executive, November/December 2014.