Exciting news! The Junior League of New Orleans is hosting the Women's Leadership Summit, February 11, 2022. I am pleased to be speaking on a panel during the 1:15 Investing in your Career workshop focusing on Career Mapping - The Power of Learning & Development. For those that are able to attend, I'm very excited to share these resources with you. If you are unable to attend, here is a bit of information on career mapping.
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Let's start with why you would want to create a career map. A career map gives you direction towards larger goals, and mostly importantly, helps you prepare for opportunities, clear obstacles, and close potential gaps. Career mapping goes beyond dreaming and into research and planning.
The first step is to understand more about yourself. What is important when considering a career? Lifestyle, work/life balance, life constraints, likes/dislikes, education and other requirements. Consideration of your lifestyle, compensation, and education is how you close the gap from a dream to a goal.
Once you know exactly what you want, and potentially what it takes to get there - lean on resources to help you create a timeline for your goals. Write out your 1, 5, and 10 year plan. Or set up a 90 day goal. Base your timeline on realistic goals. Match your timeline realistically to your career desires. This is timeline is for the larger milestones of the overarching vision.
Finally, you create your career map. Working backwards from your final goal(s), list out what you need to research, how you can obtain the necessary education, and any smaller goals that can be achieved concurrently. A map is not a straight line. There are multiple routes that may will you to your destination, and shortcuts you have not foreseen. Rely on leaders in your industry, professionals such as financial planners and life coaches, mentors, colleagues, and family members to help you along your journey. Check your map regularly to plan out detours and celebrate achievements.