​Planning your Career?

12 August 2020 Giles Keay

Planning Your Career

Planning your Career?

Why people at all stages of their career should stop and think about where they are headed…..

What is my career path?

Have you ever asked yourself this question? Can anyone really plan their future accurately? Or, do you just let chance take you on its ride.

Planning your own career should be a crucial decision for everyone, no matter your role or level.It is often only really thought of as important for those entering the workforce as apprentices, graduates and school leavers but it is important to consider at every stage of your career.There are many factors including market demands, skill mismatch, changes in personal situations and overall engagement and enjoyment that can alter the path along the way that can mean that you have more than one vocation on your journey, but each step takes you to the next.

“Obtaining a great career does not happen by sheer luck. Careers that are truly satisfying are often obtained because of hard work, strategy, the right attitude and by having a plan.”

A “career path” refers to the invisible road that will involve growth and development and lead you towards your ultimate objective. That’s why, it is very important that you have a clear track in your mind – future positions, responsibilities, remuneration – to identify the areas where you need to build skills and competencies to be able to obtain your goals.

How Important Is A Defined Career Path?

Employee

Although age brackets may affect career path decisions, creating a career plan at a young age will help you to be able to continually re-evaluate your career path. Most employees, if not all, envision a stable and meaningful career until retirement. It enables employees to accomplish the steps needed in the present and understand career options for the future. It also highlights progress and growth over the years and demonstrates how a company values the growth of an employee.

Employer

Retaining the best talent and developing skills is a challenge for all businesses. As competition for quality employees heats up, prioritising employees’ career development has become a crucial role for employers to play.

Career opportunities outline the career path of the employees. However, some companies give too much focus on recruiting and on boarding new talents, often leaving the existing staff unsure. A lack of opportunities can demotivate employees. A clear sense of purpose is also known to be key to employees having a clear sense of well being.

The best way to retain employees is to give them a realistic picture of what will their positions be in the future.

So how do I start?

Creating a plan begins by identifying three important elements;

  • Skills

  • Interests

  • Long term goals

Your skills are your strength.

You may have acquired skills from your education, but what you learn in the workforce is paramount and ongoing. If you are a growing professional, you may choose to follow your career path in one company where you know what your opportunities are, or some might want to move to another company and try to climb the ladder there. We see individuals that are successful in either approach however, in both cases your skills need to be consistently nurtured to match future work demands and opportunities.

It is important to focus on your skills and not be content on what you currently possess. If you’re aiming high, then keep constantly learning.

Your interests motivate you.

Knowing what you love and what you don’t, gives you ease of identifying which jobs may suit you. By considering what you are most passionate about could put you in a job that can guarantee you satisfaction. Although you often really don’t know which roles are most interesting until you have experienced several positions.

Your long term goals serve as roadmap.

Your future job prospects will lead you to the right direction while you walk your path. No one’s career path is straight – there are curves of options along the way. You need to be clear around your objectives and goals in the long term both financially, seniority, flexibility and work life harmony to consider a few.

Having a defined career path benefits both employees and employers. A clear career path will give employees broader understanding as to where they are heading, career-wise. Employers, at the same time, can provide the training highly relevant to escalate deserving employees on top of the ladder. It happens like this – employees plan while employers provide the opportunities for employees to take.A lack of a defined career path is one of the key reasons that people will leave a business alongside poor management and is often much more important to many than salary, benefits and bonuses.

Planning your career is like going on a trip with an itinerary – you know what you’re going to do next and your actions are all planned. Obviously, there will always be changes however, a clear plan from the outset can help you deal and adjust when these occur.

Most importantly, the best person who can curate and understand your career path is you. Take time to consider it carefully, money is not the only aspect to consider. Choose a career path that will bring out the best in you, motivate you, and give you enjoyment and satisfaction.That might be one that focuses on the technical aspects of the building services industry, so a technical project route would suit you or maybe you are interested in people so a path towards management would suit you more.

The great aspect of our industry is the opportunities are varied and endless so make sure you do something that you love.