If you have career ambitions and you’re in an entry-level job, you may be wondering how to channel that ambition into action. Career pathing is a great way to set goals for the rest of your working life. It simply involves deciding where you want to be at some point in the future, whether that’s a position inside your company or outside of it, and breaking that goal down into smaller steps. Here are some questions to ask yourself:
1. Where do you want to be?
Do you want a promotion at your current company? Do you want to work in a different department inside of the company where you currently work? Do you want to do something else, like own your own business? Knowing where you want to go is an important first step to getting there.
2. What do you bring to the table?
When assessing your current job, don’t think about your duties. Think about your transferable skills – the skills you have that would help in any job. Planning, multi-tasking, time management and leadership are all good examples.
3. What do you need to learn?
Look at the skills that you’ll need once you’re in the job you’re aiming for. There’s probably a gap between your current skill set and your future duties. What skills do you need to close that gap? How can you acquire them?
4. Who is going to help you get there?
It’s great to set a goal for yourself, but it’s even more motivating to let someone else know about it. Consider approaching your supervisor or someone in Human Resources to let them know what you’re working toward. They may be able to help you. If not, consider joining a professional group or finding someone in your industry to mentor you.
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