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The key to success: focused career development

A common question at interview is “where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?” and for many it can be difficult to tackle. One of the best ways to overcome this is by writing a Career Development Plan.

Unsure where to start? Here are some key tips to set you on the right track:

List your professional goals

Narrow down your interests. If you are already working in a specific industry, are there others that you would like to move into and explore?

Establish the strengths in your skillset

Which of your personality traits and current expertise would be an asset to your potential employer? Are you passionate about a particular area of business? Are you innovative or creative in your approach?

Consider your current position

Apply a positive perspective to where you are now. If you’re at the start of your career, you have so much more choice in where you go next. If you’re further along in your career; are you missing something? Could it be time for a change of direction or to refresh your existing knowledge?

Set realistic objectives

Clearly if you want to be a physicist but you’re no Professor Brian Cox, it may be worth scaling down your ultimate goal to something more manageable. But, if science is an subject which interests you, it may be a viable area of study. Aptitude and a willingness to learn are the primary keys to success.

Consider any barriers to your career progression

What could get in the way of achieving your ambitions? If finances are a consideration; research available sources of funding such as grants, loans or workplace sponsorship. If you have a tendency to put things off; how will you avoid distraction and dedicate time to your plans?

Review and measure your success

What are your timescales for achieving your career goals? Map out a year and month by which you plan to reach each step and mark them down in your calendar. Set yourself a deadline and regularly review if you are close to meeting it.

Maximise your chances of success

When it comes to showcasing your professional capability, one of the most important factors in ensuring your career progresses is an impactful CV.

Your CV is your ‘shop window’ because it showcases what you have to offer. First and foremost, your resume should get you noticed and create an immediate positive impression for any prospective employer. You may have the skills and experience that they are looking for, but if your CV doesn’t grab their attention from the outset, your details could be unfairly resigned to the ‘no’ pile.

e-Careers has formed a partnership with specialists TopCV, to offer you the opportunity to get a free review of your CV from an expert evaluator. With one-on-one support from a professional writer, you’ll be able to present a hard-hitting CV which represents you in the best light possible, helping you on the next step in your chosen career. Visit our free CV Review pages to find out more.

Get ahead of the pack

Did you know that eLearning can be the perfect way to gain new skills and make your CV stand out from the crowd? With over 600 courses available across a range of industry sectors, e-Careers is extremely passionate when it comes to helping people strive for personal and professional development.

Whilst online training courses are at the core, the e-Careers approach is holistic – all students are offered a complete career support package, guided by a team of Training Experts who are committed to ensuring everyone reaches their full potential.

Discover the course you need to boost your career online or call 020 3198 7700 to speak to one of our Training Experts.