Are you are frustrated with your current job? Are you eager for a new challenge or promotion? If so, career training is the key way to achieve the change you desire. While that sounds simple enough, without a clear idea of how to get where you want to go, the change will likely never happen and your frustration and stress will remain with your current situation.
The Career Training Action Plan
So how can you improve your skills so that you are doing work which you enjoy more, and how can you get there in the shortest amount of time? An Action Plan! This is a common sense tool to help you understand your vision and goals for where you want to go, and then aligning those up with practical steps so you can make it all a reality.
The first step in creating your career training action plan is making sure you understand what it is about your current situation that you want to change. So ask yourself is it the type of work you are doing? Is it stressful, or tedious or not using your talents fully? Is it your work environment, or perhaps the schedule? Write down your answers as you probe what it really is you want to change.
With that handy, you now know what you want to avoid, so on the flip side it helps you know what you want to go after. This is the first goal of the action plan: making sure that you know what matters to you.
As you get to know yourself better, about what you like and what you want to avoid, keep writing it down. You may have to do a few drafts and some editing, but you want to be able to describe to yourself in a short/summary type of way what you want.
From there, do your research into the field or type of place you want to be at. Research and talk to others who are there already, don’t be afraid of this as people often enjoy talking about what it is that they do. You can also view profiles on Linkedin or other job sites to see what skills are listed on resumes of those in the field already, so you have an idea of what is needed. Equally as important, see how those skills are communicated so you can begin to see what is expected from employers.
Finally, armed with knowledge of what matters to you and seeing what employers are looking for, create two types of goals: short and long-term. Short goals are those that can be completed in a year or less, which can include online career training for example. Long-term goals are those in the 2-4 year range.
After identifying these goals, then its just a matter of breaking them down into practical steps. Each step needs to be one item – one focus – and it should lead to the next item on the action plan. In doing this you will have created a plan that is centered around what you want and supported by skills that employers want.
The real victory though is the confidence you will gain from knowing you have a plan for your career that is going to make you happy, and “all” you have to do is put in the hard work to get there. At World Education.net we are happy to support the hard work you need to put in for a career change, contact us today to see how we can help you.
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