Choice of program or specialization, internship or supervised project, community involvement: don’t make a decision without first formulating your career plan and identifying the actions to be implemented for achieving it. This is how to go about it.
You won’t be able to set your career plan properly if you don’t take the time to get to know yourself better and concretely explore careers in management.
Your career plan corresponds to your career objectives.
During the course of your career, you will need to plan and complete various actions in order to achieve these objectives.
A career plan is in flux throughout your life: what you define today will evolve over time, as you continue to acquire experiences.
I want to become a product manager in the computer games industry, which counts Quebec among its major players. This is why:
Avoid restricting yourself to a very specific plan, or conversely, trying to keep all options open.
Example of a very specific plan:
Examples of very vague plans:
A plan that is too vague will prevent you from identifying specific actions for achieving it. If this applies to you, continue to gather information and introspect further with the help of the career development path.
STEP 1: Make a list of the positions, organizations and business sectors you would like to work in. Rank them in order of priority.
What roles do you want to play in an organization? Analyze, advise, coordinate, provide solutions? A combination of several roles? Which positions do these roles match?
What kind of organizations would you prefer to work in? A small outfit where you would perform a wide variety of tasks? A multinational where you would have access to better benefits? Etc.
Which sectors attract you? Banking, luxury or fashion, the environment, the pharmaceutical industry? Etc.
Need inspiration? Visit the Careers in management section.
STEP 2: Define your short, medium or long-term objectives, and the actions required for achieving them: those that are obvious, like the ones that have been recommended to you by members of your network, for example.
Questions to ask yourself
An objective should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound. You can browse the Internet to find out more about the SMART method of defining objectives.
For examples of actions to be carried out, consult the Boost your profile section.
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