Shanna B. Van Ness Offers 3 Ways to Spark Your Next Career Move

Shanna B. Van  Member, National Association of Professional Women
Shanna B. Van Ness
Member, National Association of Professional Women

We know that career ascension requires movement. However, determining when to make a move can prove to be an arduous and complex process. Both personal and professional motives can set off a timer that catapults the next course of action into focus. Therefore, having the right tools in place can help to avoid a haphazard decision that may ultimately lead to career dissatisfaction.

In my article, “Self-Assessment Leads to Career Ascension,” I stress the importance of the continual evaluation of where you are and where you want to go. The usage of SWOT along with a cause-and-effect diagram comes in extremely handy when it comes to your position, whether personal or professional.

However, there may be, at times, a feeling of stagnation therefore the development of a career plan can help to maintain focus and provide realistic and solid jump off points when the time comes to make a move.

1. Develop a Career Plan:
Regardless of where you exist in your journey, developing a career plan will allow you to remain focused on your professional objectives. Goal assessment allows you to analyze where you want to be in the next stage of your career and outline a plan to get there. Now, don’t get me wrong; plans can change. However, developing an initial career plan will allow you to hit the ground running in the right direction. Your plan will also allow the identification of significant milestones. For example, a career milestone is satisfying license or certification requirements to advance from manager to director.

2. Career Preparation
After developing a career plan, you may find that the path to advancement requires additional skill enhancements. A career plan should embody our goals, but it should also encompass reasonable requirements needed to for career progression. Therefore, if you want to make a career move, but lack the adequate skills or credentials, take the time and opportunity to hone your skills, talents, abilities and strengths. And, if necessary, gain additional knowledge in your field or the field you are pursuing through professional development and/or certification courses.

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Source: Huffington Post | Shanna B. Van Ness, Member, National Association of Professional Women