“People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.”
Brian Tracy
Why do you need a career management plan? Well if you don’t at least attempt to control the direction that life takes, it could take you anywhere!!

“Failing to plan is planning to fail “is a quote attributed to both Winston Churchill and Benjamin Franklin.

The other quote I like is “Life is what happens to you while you are busy doing other things “a line used by John Lennon in “Beautiful Boy“

Think about a great day at work –what made it great? List the factors that you loved. On the other hand think about a bad day-what makes for a bad day for you? This will help you build a picture of what works best for you.
So while nobody believes you can absolutely control your career, at least if you put some thought into it and take responsibility for management of your life and your career you should be able to optimise matters and steer towards where you want to be, taking into account new market conditions.

Career management attempts to optimise compatibility between you and your work environment.

The process of Career Appraisal will begin with Career Exploration, which is the collection and analysis of information about yourself and your work environment. You will consider your personal values, interests, skills and abilities as well as opportunities and obstacles .This allows you to set realistic Career Goals that will meet your personal needs and develop a Strategy to achieve these goals.

Career Appraisal and Career Exploration should be an ongoing process, perhaps annual, with career related feedback used in the process, and adaptation of the goals and strategies in line with changing circumstances.

Chat to successful friends and family members about their career progression. Ask them how they got to where they are today and what advice can they give you.

The stages of appraisal and exploration might be;-

  • Prioritise objectives. What are you looking for from a career? Consider your personal values, interests, skills and abilities as well as opportunities and obstacles. If you can, discuss with a colleague, friend or professional advisor.
  • Gather Information. How much do you know about your options, what information have you gathered? Use colleagues, friends, professional advisors, internet research.
  • Be Realistic. Are you prepared to put in the effort required, do you have the skills and ability, are there costs involved, can you afford them, can you get financial assistance?
  • Define the options available. Research them further, and pursue several options to allow flexibility.
  • Develop strategy and tactics to put your plans into action.

This process may be undertaken as you near the end of a course of study and are considering the best career path, and positions which would be suitable for you to apply for.

If you are employed, this appraisal may take place as part of an annual performance review, with feedback from your line manager, who may help you identify knowledge gaps and develop an action plan. It is important for them to be aware of your career goals, as they are clearly in a position to influence your career.

If you are in danger of redundancy this may be a suitable time to carry out a career appraisal and redefine your goals.

Or perhaps a family related event will force you to reappraise your commitment to your career.

Be aware of new technology and the new career paths this will offer. Many of us are in jobs now that did not exist when we were beginning our careers. What’s the next opportunity that is opening up?
If you are self-employed or unemployed it is likely that you will undergo a similar process regularly, as you evaluate your skills and abilities against those in demand in the market place. You may identify learning and development gaps, and may undertake formal or informal training to close those gaps and ensure skills are relevant and up to date.

In each case you will determine goals and strategy which may have evolved since the last time you performed the exercise, but will be relevant to current circumstances.


Career management model — 96 Comments

  1. I found it is helpfull to most people especially in the developed world. You know the basic problem in underdeveloped world is that in most cases your life is going as other people or group wants. Especially the political ellites and those with better economic holdings. in such cases how could we achieve our plans? Thank you.

  2. Career management model is a direction of planning you have to follow in order to achieve your goals in life. Falling to plan is planning to fall. So if you don’t attempþ to control the direction that life takes, it could take you anywhere. Thanks a lot.


  3. thanks for the lesson, I will have to redefine my priorities, though I find it difficult to set goals, this I feel will help.

  4. well thanks 4 the tips, but what should i do finding that i,m agraduate loosing focus on my career that i have spend years working to achieve it and yet being depressed and loosing focus, thats to say no one is ready to recruit you. hence loosing your experience in it, what should i do to make an excellency in it???

  5. Thanks very much for such important lesson. I am a civil servant in Ghana, but the field that I am now is quite different from my career path. I sometimes think I have derailed. This lesson is helping me to reconsider where I am to where I want to be. I will soon take the bold step to thread on the right path.
    Thanks once more.


  6. Thanks and appreciation to you for this lesson and practical research that Aiv management science and we are in the third world in need of such courses and subtraction by communication in order to educate the staff for the success and enable them to work Bslob modern management,entrepreneurship and innovation

    Engineer mohamed

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