by Braathe Enterprises Virtual Intern Liska Wilson
According to the Australian Blueprint for Career Development, a career involves managing life, learning, and work. Using that definition as a reference, I broke down managing my career into three different, intertwining plans. It’s still a work in progress, but if nothing else, I hope sharing it will give you another perspective on your career.
Here is an overview of each plan:
Career Development Plan (CDP)
My CDP covers the work side of my career; it is a timeline of work roles I want to have. For me this even includes volunteer work and other unpaid work roles.
Professional Development Plan (PDP)
My PDP covers the learning side of my career. Workshops, classes, etc. are some things that go into my PDP. The goal of my PDP is to help me develop my resume and grow as a professional. In turn, my resume and personal growth will help me move forward in my CDP. My PDP is my favorite plan to execute and also the most important. For more on professional development planning, read my 3-part series in the Golden Briefcase Blog.
Budget Plan (BP)
My BP covers the life side of my career, but also trickles over into the professional side and both help me make decisions about the work side of my career. My budget includes my income, expenses, and how I’ll achieve various monetary goals.
Overall, the most important part of how I manage my career, especially with all these plans, is that I write them down.
Do you have a written plan for your career development? If no, why not?