You may (or may not) be surprised to know that most people spend more time a year planning a holiday than they do planning their career. Given that these days planning a holiday takes two or three clicks and quick google to check out the duty-free allowance, what is this telling us?
As the old saying goes: if you fail to plan, you plan to fail, and although this can sound a little harsh at times, it can ring true many areas of our lives. However, taking some time out to establish your career goals and make a bit of a plan can really make a difference and help you get to where you want to be. So, do yourself a favour, pause for a minute and remember how long it took to plan your last holiday. Now, add on an extra 5 minutes, put the kettle on, grab a pen and paper and have a think about how you want to spend the next *insert years until you reach retirement* years.
Things to consider when planning your career or setting career goals:
What are your skills?
What do you want to be doing this time next year?
How much do you want to be earning in five/ten years?
What do you want from your career?
What extra training do you need to do to achieve your goals?