If you’re someone that likes to map out your future, then it’s likely that you’ve thought about your dream career at some point. However, knowing what you want is just part of the journey. Knowing how to get there is a whole other challenge!
Staying ahead of the curve, and your competition, can be difficult. However, if you’re strategic about your professional choices (and keep on top of the latest skills and knowledge
in that sector) then you can increase your chances of landing your dream role.
Read on to learn more about how you can develop a solid career strategy to get you to where you want to be in the world of work!
What is the importance of having a career strategy?
When you start at a new workplace, it can be overwhelming – especially if it’s early on in your career. It can feel like you’re lost, However, if you develop a career strategy, then you can start to get a clearer picture of what your future in the world of work looks like. Knowing where you want to go often makes it easier to stick things out when they get tough, and you’ll find yourself willing to go above and beyond what’s expected of you to get ahead sooner. It’s a win for everyone involved.
Having a career strategy also allows you to know your worth
in the workplace. When promotions come up, or you’re discussing a pay rise with your employers, having a career strategy can mean the difference between making a compelling case for yourself and missing out to someone that has a more defined plan for their future. If you’re someone that enjoys upskilling
and taking on new challenges,
then you’re already on the way to developing a career strategy.
Is career development necessary for success?
In most cases, upskilling (and potentially reskilling) is necessary for professional success. If you’re not actively engaged in career development, then it’s likely that those around you are – and they may go on to get your dream job later down the track.
Of course, you don’t have to think about career development 24/7 – and in some cases, your only priority will be completing your current role to the best of your ability – but career development is a worthwhile endeavour, especially if you have lofty professional aspirations.
What are some examples of strategic career planning?
1. Accepting the job offer with the most scope for professional development
Trying to decide between two job offers, or two interviews? It’s worth considering which one is most likely to invest in your professional development. Discuss the possibility of completing further study/partnering up with a more senior colleague with your potential employer, because these experiences will help you grow.
This also demonstrates that you’re someone that’s invested in your future with a company, rather than someone that’s looking to coast in the workplace.
2. Speaking with those in your dream career/role to understand their skillset and knowledge base
If you’re looking to plan for career success, then reaching out to people that are currently working in your dream career/role can help you work out where your strengths and weaknesses currently lie. Each person will have a different career journey, so talking to as many people as possible will set you up for future success.
Of course, there are many other benefits to networking. Networking can also help you:
- Find out about jobs before anyone else
- Increase your confidence so you can go after your dream job
- Sharpen your CV
- Create advocates that will recommend you to those hiring for your dream job in the future
Networking can be daunting at first, so ease yourself into it. However, you might just find that it helps you get ahead of those around you, so if you’re looking for a way to increase your profile, then this is it!
3. Completing further study to get ahead
Now that you’ve mapped out a career strategy, it’s worth investing in some professional development. Further study comes in all shapes and sizes, so having a strategy can help you decide what qualification is right for you.
Are you looking for more theory-based study? It may be worth looking into whether studying at university is worthwhile. Want more practical, job-ready skills? Upskilled is here to help.
Much like talking to those that are currently working in your dream career/role, speaking to people that have completed various courses can help you get a better understanding of what you will potentially get out of further study. No two courses are built the same, and no two courses will teach you the same things, so being strategic will help you get the most out of your time spent studying!
Ready to chase your dream career? Upskilled offers a plethora of nationally recognised qualifications in the forms of courses, short courses and online bootcamps to help you succeed, no matter where your dreams may lie.
Want to learn more? Reach out to our education consultants to discuss what course might best suit your career strategy!
Ben Madden is a Melbourne-based writer, who loves all things music and sport. He’s a long-time and long-suffering Essendon supporter, and if you’re looking for any music recommendations, he’s your guy.