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The Career Planning Process - Creating an Action Plan

First we looked at your Current Situation and Your Dreams. Then we examined the questions of Who Am I?, and What Are My Options? Next we explored Evaluating Options and Making Choices. Now we'll develop an Action Plan to get you what you want.

In the previous article Michael, an Artisan Performer, decided to pursue a dual goal of becoming a male nurse and becoming an economically successful musician. To do this, he will be signing up for college courses in the fall and will take the required courses in Freshman English, Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology so he can see how he likes the courses. These courses are required before being considered for the nursing program.

Now he needed an Action Plan to improve his situation as a musician. The parts of an Action Plan are 1) Goal; 2) Need being fulfilled; 3) Visions and measurements of success; 4) Resources available; 5) Activities leading to success; 6) Obstacles to overcome; 7) Steps to take & dates of completion for each.

Some items were easier than others for Michael. His 1) Goal was to become a successful musician. His 2) Need being fulfilled was to prove to himself that he liked being a musician enough to put in the hard work to make it happen and that people would pay to hear his music. 3) Visions were easy as he thought of a crowded room of people listening to him and his band play - but measurements of success was much harder. He finally decided that he needed to make money to consider himself a successful musician so earnings would be his measurement. He talked with his other band members and they all agreed that they wanted to earn enough money each month to be able to pay their rent, food, and transportation to gigs. This was a tall order because all were living at home and somewhat dependent upon their parents housing and feeding them. Sure they paid their car insurance, gas money, entertainment, and eating out, but that wasn't enough to be independent.

Now that they had an economic measurement, the band looked at resources available. One family had a website so they could demo their music. All band members decided they would work on increasing their contacts. Michael took the lead on being the booking manager. Rick was already their arranger. Steve was artistic and he took over the visual PR, and so it went until all band members took a role. Then each person decided upon the activities he would take to make all the band members self sufficient.

Obstacles to overcome included parental resistance to putting so much time into this effort, having too small a repertoire to fill bigger contracts, and needing a few better instruments. The list was long and somewhat discouraging, but they persevered.

Each band member devised a set of steps that he would take and set a goal for competition. Sometimes the dates had to be revised, and some steps needed to be redesigned. At the end of three months, the band had more gigs secured, one new instrument purchased, and their repertoire enlarged. While they had not reached the economic goal that they set yet, they were encouraged by their progress. They reviewed their plan, tweaked it and decided to see where they were three months later. The band members found that music had become more than just a fun hobby. They might really be able to make music a career.

Action plans are not static and they need to be tailored to each type of person and their needs. Some people are very goal oriented and love to live by dates. Others need more flexibility and dates are more guidelines than set in stone. The key element is to have something you want, some measurement of success and some plan for getting from where you are to where you want to be. If you find out you don"t like that new place, then make a different plan. You don't need to be stuck where you don't want to be. But if you keep on doing what you are presently doing, you won't get anyplace new. Action plans are best if they are not painful, but hopeful and flexible.

 

Temperament and Careers

Planning Process
Finding Your Passion
Your Current Situation
Who Am I?
What Are My Options?
Evaluating Options
Creating an Action Plan

Selection Process
Informational Interviewing
The Toughest Question
Evaluating an Offer
Salary Negotiations

Succeeding On The Job
Your Boss
Dress For Success
Successful Presentations
Working From Home
Dealing With Stress
In a Shrinking Job Market

Making Changes
When to Take Risks?
Taking a Job in a New City
Who Will Get Laid Off?
Is Your Job a Poor Fit?
Networking is Key

Where the Jobs Are
Healthcare: Many Opportunities


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