If you are one of those people who take their career very seriously and if you have definite plans for how your career should develop and unfold, then mapping your career’s growth can help you know if you are staying on the path you chose or not. It can let you know if it’s time to kick things into overdrive or perhaps time to reevaluate your career plans.

Getting Started

Before you can create your own map, there are some things about yourself you will need to consider.

  • Know your own value system. This means the things that are important to you and the places in the sand where you draw the line.
  • Identify Your Life Goal. This is the reason you work, the achievement of a particular goal, the light at the end of the tunnel. You cannot know how well you are doing at moving toward your goal if you haven’t identified what it is.
  • Name your strengths and weaknesses. Do not hide them or cover them up. Embrace them. They will guide you down your career path.
  • Understand your likes and dislikes. If you are to succeed in your chosen career, you have to enjoy what you are doing for the better part of the time. A career that pays great won’t serve you well if you hate to do it.
  • List the skills you currently have and those you need to get to the goal. These will help give you direction along the way.