Most likely than not, employees have their ideal career paths. Some are more vocal about it. Some think about it more than the others. However, only a few develop a fitness plan surrounding their careers.
Employees usually rely on their manager's review. Most employees, especially those that are already bored of their jobs, can't be bothered to ask their managers about their performance so they just wait for the annual or biannual review process to know how they are doing compared to the rest of the team.
With a busy schedule, who has time for a performance review, right? Well, if you want to move up the career ladder and make sure that you stay in your chosen career path, you have to create a career fitness plan, as reported by The Wall Street Journal.
Much like a physical fitness plan, a career fitness plan will serve as your guide for milestones and targets that you want to achieve when it comes to your job. In your career blueprint, you have to list down your goals and give yourself enough time to complete them.
A healthy amount of self-awareness is necessary to be able to perfectly execute a career fitness plan. Know your strengths and witnesses. Weigh your odds against the opportunities that your company is giving you. Then, create your career fitness plan considering those factors.
Employee Benefit News reported that employees and their managers usually do not see to eye to eye when it comes to handling careers. If you want to get your managers' opinion regarding your career fitness plan, feel free to ask for it. He or she might be able to offer you advice on how to turn your weaknesses into strengths and how to play your career cards.
If you are a job seeker and you don't know if a company is good for you or not, Jobs & Hire had an article about the signs that will let you know whether a company is ideal for you or not.