When traveling a long way, it is helpful to have markings. A career journey is no exception. Here are some practical tools that will be useful when you need to stop and think — "Am I moving in the right direction?"
This strategic planning tool helps to identify the factors of the internal and external environment. It is also used in career planning where:
A tool by American psychologist Edgar Shane to identify motives that encourage people to try to advance their careers. According to this concept, there are 8 career anchors, considering the different knowledge, skills, purposes, and values of a person:
This tool is borrowed from the experience of the US Army and is used to analyze mistakes and make conclusions from a specific "operation". In the context of a professional summary for a career change, it may be a bad interview, a failed negotiation, or a project that is at risk of failing.
It is crucial for learning and error correction, so it should be worthwhile for a specific project (which is also a job search). Usually, this tool is used in a group, but also useful for introspection.
Sincere answers to these questions reveal the strengths and weaknesses of the circumstances and explain conclusions for the future.
For example, if you chose the company and you were planning to get job offers but were not well prepared for the job interview, next time, this experience would motivate you to take more responsible preparation.
This tool can be used not only by representatives of the creative professions but also by anyone who wants to find a non-standard solution to the problem and make plans. To do this, you should try different roles: the dreamer, the realist, and the critic, who participated in the creation of incredible animated films of the studio.
For the dreamer role: why is this goal so important, is it inspiring? What will I feel when I reach it? What exactly will it teach me?
For the role of a realist: what do I have to do to achieve my goal? What is the precise algorithm for achieving the goal? How long will it take? What resources should be attracted?
For the role of the critic: is it possible to implement this plan? What is missing in it? What are the risks and limitations?
Another tool that lets you ask yourself the right questions and develop your career consciously:
What do I want? What will be the best result? What is a meaningful goal? How will I know that I will achieve the desired result? How will reaching the goal affect other areas of life? It is vital to define and formulate the target as precisely as possible. It will not only set the goal but also start the path to it more carefully.
What is it now? What's going on? On a 10-point scale, where 10 is the goal, what level am I at now? What do I feel that excites me? How does this affect other areas of life? What resources are already available? Who else, but I influence the result?
At this stage, there is a risk of engaging in self-criticism, so you should be careful and keep a balance, so you do not lose motivation. It is essential to answer your questions openly, such as admitting that fear or laziness is a success and an excuse to reconsider behavior. However, it is important to specify all the answers — it is easier to overcome the difficulties?
What are the options? What can be done to change the situation? What are the options? And are there alternatives? What is Plan B? What resources are there, and what else is there to attract? And who can I contact for help? It is essential to get the maximum amount of ideas and options, without criticism and evaluation.
What to determine the first step and algorithm of action? When to do it? What should be considered before starting the journey? What support, resources are needed? What are the obstacles where they can be found? And what will I do when I face these difficulties? How confident am I that the plan is realistic (on a 10-point scale)? What prevents you from marking 10?
"Will" is the keyword: "I will". It implies determination and desire to change.