Career Plan Template

Not sure where you'll be working in five or ten years? Write a career plan using the following template to map your future.

The future is uncertain for all of us. Yet it is important to plan a career path that will provide financial support and personal fulfillment over the course of our professional lives. Hopefully, things will work out smoothly. To plan your career, you may want to take time to plot a five- and ten-year plan that will help you stay focused and maintain a high-energy drive in meeting short- and long-term goals and objectives.

Start by considering the type of work you want to do. Are you happy with your present job or would you prefer to change occupations? In a few sentences or a paragraph, describe your career goal. Avoid too much detail at first, which can be cumbersome and may carry you off on a tangent. Instead, stay focused and use a simple, direct style:

Example:

CAREER GOALS:

IN 5 YEARS: I want to become a medical writer. My goal is to write and publish medical articles for journals and assist authors who publish books in this field.

IN 10 YEARS: Then I hope to become a medical editor, reviewing and correcting the work of others for publication.

Next, list the objectives, or steps, you will need to pursue in order to reach your goals. These should be specific and measurable. You may want to indicate associated factors, such as a time commitment and cost factor:

OBJECTIVES:

1. Obtain a medical terminology certificate taking online courses from the local community college. This will cost approximately $3,500 that I will pay for from my savings account while working part-time.



2. Apply for an internship at one of the pharmaceutical companies that help train medical writers for a three-month period. If awarded, I will resign my part-time job.

3. With or without the internship, I will write and submit for publication several articles in popular, trade, and medical journals. From editors' responses I will hone the craft. I may need to work part-time to pay the bills while building publishing credentials.

OUTCOMES:

1. I will be doing work that I enjoy.

2. My research may help to advance certain medical findings or theories.

3. The hours are convenient since I can make my own schedule.

4. The pay is good, and I can work as little or as much as I want.

Then put your plan into action. As you go through the process, you may find that some steps will need to be tweaked, omitted, or replaced. Check your plan periodically to see if you are following through or if you have gotten side-tracked.

You may want to confer with others who have a personal mission statement or a career plan. Ask for a copy of their statement and decide if that template is more suitable for your career outline. You also should be able to find more templates online by doing an Internet search.

Don't let your career simply happen. Plan it out in advance to reach the heights to which you aspire. Then you can enjoy the job of your dreams!

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