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Career Development Plan

Mukta Gaikwad
Rome wasn't built in a day, and nor will your career be. It takes deliberate effort and meticulous planning to achieve your predetermined goals. A career development plan is the perfect guideline that keeps one on the track which leads to the ultimate goals
A musician must make his music, an artist must paint, a poet must write if he is to ultimately be at peace with himself. ~ Abraham Maslow
Your true calling has to answered to be at peace with your conscience. Many debate whether destinies are written in heaven or made here on earth. However, a self motivated person learns to lead a life by honing his inborn skills. Dreaming about a dream job is not going to get you one.
Sketching your own career development plan is the only way of ensuring you follow your innate interests to turn them into a rewarding career. A career takes shape when dedication towards sharpening skills sets are supported by unwavering focus.

Factors To Consider


A goal is a choice you make. It is a decision that is taken once and for all. Question yourself about what you want to achieve in life. It can be anything from the amount of money you want to earn, the kind of work you wish to do, a position you want to herald or a task you want to accomplish. Narrow down on what your final aim is to write your own plan.

Mission Statement

A mission statement is a brief statement that captures the essence of your goal. It states what the goal stands for and explains raison d'ĂȘtre for writing it in the first place. A succinct mission statement about your goals becomes the quote that keeps you from deviating from the chosen path.

Available Resources

Resources are the means to achieve the goals. Your education, time, experiences, life skills, physical abilities, funds, and your support system are termed as resources when it comes to etching a successful career path.
Make a list of what you have, how much of is at your disposal, how much can be deferred in case of unavailability and so forth. This will give you a realistic idea of what the available resources are that are going to help you achieve your predetermined goals.

Required Resources

While making the aforementioned list, you must have come across items that are not available for you. For instance, you need to study more, get extra coaching, manage a few more funds and so forth.
Make a similar list and find out what are the alternatives to get these too. Research and look out for ways to get these requirements. Filling in these gaps is the first step towards accomplishing your goal.

Goal Completion Timeline

Time is a luxury, and no one can afford it. Thus, if you want to get into a certain college or be a part of a particular field then you need to start now. List a sequence of events that need to happen before the set time frame.
This way you will know the exact amount of time you have and the work that needs to be finished before that. A planned effort is always better than an unplanned one as it helps you assess your actions at every juncture.

Overcoming Obstacles

As you embark on the journey to get to your goals, you will come across obstacles on your way. However, dealing with these goals in an undeterred manner is the only way of moving ahead with your resolve. While you are making the timeline, list the obstacles that you are likely to face.
For instance, lack of family support, no education loan, time crunch or overburdening responsibilities of elderly parents, children and siblings are some of the obstacles that can interfere with your ultimate goals. Find out how you can deal with these hindrances without losing focus.
Being over critical or overconfident can cause serious trouble while trying to make a career from scratch. Every fall must be taken as a challenge and every fulfilled step must be accepted as a job well done.
A well made career developmental plan will assist you at every halt to move further towards your set objectives. They say failure in planning is planning to fail. However, a detailed plan will provide you with solutions to overcome the obstacles.