Whether you’re just starting out in your career or have a few years under your belt, it’s always good to have a goal in mind. Do you want to be a CEO one day? Or simply run a small team and do what you love? Are you working towards starting your own business? No matter what your goal is, it’s crucial to set up smaller tasks along the way to help you achieve it. A decade may seem like a long time, but before you know it, 10 years will have come and gone. So how do you know if you’re on the path to success?
We’ve fleshed out a broad outline of goals for the next 10 years of your career. Take this outline and modify it to meet your needs and goals. Write it out and post it somewhere to remind you of your journey and what you need to accomplish to get there.
Year 1: Your Current Job
- Take your time to learn about the responsibilities of your role.
- Learn about the company and understand their values.
- Seek a mentor.
Years 2 – 3:
- Master the technical and relational skills needed for this job and the one immediately above you.
- Take the time to network with those in management.
Year 4: PROMOTION
- Receive a promotion to middle management and revisit the core principles of your role and how to master them.
- Connect with colleagues and get familiar with those in other areas of your business to gain a better understanding of the big picture.
Years 5 – 6:
- Improve your skill set further, whether it is at work or pursuing continuing education.
- Learn how your role affects the business at large and what you can do to aid in its success.
Year 7: PROMOTION
- Receive a promotion to higher up in middle management and revisit the core principles of your role and how to master them.
- Reflect on your achievements and how your new role can be leveraged to complete even more.
Years 8 – 9:
- Learn even more about everyone’s jobs and how they all work together. Take the time to learn the ins-and-outs so you have the answer when your superiors request information.
- Pursue classes or read books covering areas of professional weakness (public speaking, time management, management) and work to close the gaps.
Year 10: PROMOTION
- Receive a promotion to director/vice president and revisit the core principles of your role and how to master them.
- Consider connecting with a new mentor or confidant to better fit your ambitions at this place in your career.
This outline is not absolute — some promotions may come slower than others, especially when it comes to higher management. Every time you reach the next step in your journey, take time to reflect. What helped you get to this point? What hindered you? Do you need to adjust your goals based on this new role or new life circumstances?
Everyone’s career path is unique, and the person you are at 25 may not be the same person you are at 30. Don’t be afraid to adjust to better accommodate your life or any changes in your goals or needs. The important part is that you take the time to create a plan that is best for you and helps build toward the successful career you want!
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