On to success with the right career planning

Do you not see sufficient opportunities for development in your company, or are said opportunities already exhausted? Is day-to-day work life no longer as exciting and diverse as it initially was? Are you looking for new professional challenges, responsibilities and perspectives? We give you tips on how to improve your advancement chances if your career plan flounders.

The career plan for a stable career

The step after the next one in your career is decisive, creating distance between the here and now, and current, seemingly urgent environment slips into the background. The interval between the past and the present in the current corporate context allows you to focus on your strengths, motivation, and values. Thus, in terms of your career planning, it is necessary to specify your long-term goal.

Assess your own job

If you know your long-term goal for your career plan, then you need to assess your current job in the context of said goal. Can you realise your career planning with the way the job is currently designed? If this question is answered with a 'no', then assess internal opportunities for change. Successful, internal further development within a company shows your competence and effectiveness in the event of a subsequent change of company. What positive changes are possible? Is an assignment abroad of interest in your career planning? Does the employer offer an option for such a change? Ideally, development of your career planning includes a conversation with your boss, who can work with you to assess how your personal career plan can be implemented.

The active search for a better job

If the opportunities in the company are exhausted and your career plan cannot be implemented, you will need to look for a new job. All job advertisements should be assessed in terms of the long-term goal for your career planning. This includes determining the reasons for your current dissatisfaction. If the basic structural conditions in the company were pivotal, then you need to assess the structures of potential new employees. Ultimately, you do not want to stagnate. Which company size suits you, which industry is the right one, and which business model is best suited to your profile and career planning? Choose the company accordingly.

Early career planning

HR managers want to know why you are the right person for the vacant job. The earlier and more precisely you know how your career plan should advance, the easier the application process and the easier it is to justify your suitability. Knowing about your own abilities and goals helps you find suitable answers to the HR manager's questions. Pursuing clear intentions and being able to give precise reasons regarding why you have applied for this particular job with this company gives you an enormous advantage over other applicants. Only those who know where the journey should take them can find the right path. Furthermore, knowing your own goals gives you the flexibility to stay if you want and to go when it is time for change.