5 years career plan..


Again from my assignment. Ha ha.

Here it is, still from the March 2010 edition of IEEE Engineering of Medicine and Biology Magazine.


Graeme Edwards once said, “it’s not the plan that is important, it’s the planning.”, after finishing up a degree, you are no longer in the sweet spot where you knew what you are going to do for the next two or four years but rather find yourself having to face the real world and make decisions about your future.

For most of you still in training, a good strategy to start thinking about your future is to draft out a short-term, five year career plan, which you can revisit on a timely basis, readjust your goals, and identify the tools and decisions you need to make to achieve those goals; you identify and analyze, strategize accordingly, then you revisit, reevaluate, and adjust.

First you need to identify what you want to achieve, evaluate yourself and your career now, and reflect upon what you have done so far toward achieving your goals and second, you need to develop a strategy that will help you obtain what you aim for, eventually breaking down what lies ahead into several milestones.

There are a few key facts that need to be considered when drafting out your plan, for example, you need to assess where you are in your career at present and reflect upon your passions and priorities to help you identify your goals five years from now.You will need to provide your prospective employer with several references from past supervisors, team leaders, or colleagues; so you should have a good idea who you can rely on for a good reference.

Before you start your five-year plan draft, make sure you include the date, so when you reflect back on this document, it will act as a reminder of where you were when you first started and what was important for you at that time.

Keep in mind that it is important to include tangible goals that are achievable in the available time; otherwise, you would not be ables to accomplish your short-term goals, which will lead to disappointment and then panic.

Do not forget to maintain a good relationship with your previous colleagues; it is always good to keep in touch with your team members because you never know how they can help you!

However, do not be too quick to adjust the timeline and keep pushing your deadlines by another couple of months; rather, try to figure out whether the initial plan was too stringent or perhaps toomany things came up at the same time delaying your plans.

In addition to achieving your goals, try to maximize your collateral accomplishments that will contribute to you becoming a more well-rounded and effective candidate or asset for a particular career goal because every new opportunity you encounter will open up your eyes to bigger and greater ones, however, you need a starting point, and the first five years will define the next few down the road.



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