Planning your Career

This is a helpful practice to help you plan out the next few steps of your career. This is as useful to senior jobseekers looking to make a career switch as much as a junior job seeker finding his/her way in the industry.

1. Figure out the job/job title you want 5-10 years from now

This is probably the most important step because it dictates your career moves in the next 5-10 years. Of course, don’t make it too rigid as you want the ability to pivot and change course in case you change your mind or the market changes it for you.

2. Find the relevant job descriptions and map out the requirements

Are there specific certifications you need to obtain?

What further experience do you need to qualify for the job?

Working with specialised recruiters and industry experts help as they would have more knowledge on what you need to build on in order to get to where you want to go. They can also give you a broader picture of how the market is doing, how it will change and if the role would even be available after 5-10 years.

3. On LinkedIn, find out who is currently working in the role you want and take a look at how they got there.

By going through 4-5 of these profiles, you can identify a pattern that would help you map out what you need to do in the next few years.

In most cases, it gives you an idea of how many role changes you need to make and a rough timeline on getting to where you want to be.

4. Find out what type of networking events are available so you can get in touch with industry experts and build your network

This helps with further understanding the industry, being on top of industry changes/trends and more importantly, building a network as relationships take time and effort to nurture.

5. Check your plan every year so you can always pivot and adjust your strategy.