Part 1: What is a career plan?
You’ve worked hard to get where you are, and you want to continue advancing in your career. In the demanding world of hotel management, that can be easier said than done.
Long hours, guest concerns, staff scheduling conflicts and more can eat into any available hours you could use to improve your skills and move up the corporate ladder. Not only that, but it can be difficult to know what options are available to you and how to earn the right educational credentials.
This series is designed to point you in the right direction, with information about creating a workable plan for your career and sticking to it.
To kick off the series, this article explains what a career plan is and why you need one.
- Part 2 will provide you with more details on creating your career plan and tips for following it even during stressful and busy times.
- Part 3 will provide you with valuable resources you can use in your career planning [to accomplish what?].
- Part 4 will wrap up the series and provide tips for recognizing the need for a change [in your career path?].
Why you need a career plan
Few things affect the quality of your life as much as the career you choose. The average employee spends more than 70 percent of her time on the job, which works out to more than 31 of the roughly 45 years most people are part of the workforce.
Some individuals know what they want to do from childhood, but most people aren’t so fortunate. Still, the vast majority of workers choose a career because it pays well or provides security and not because it’s what they really want to do.
Creating a written career plan puts you in the driver’s seat. Rather than simply waiting for things to happen in your career, you take charge and embark on a series of steps to get where you want to go.
What does a career plan include?
A career plan isn’t simply a document you write and forget about. While it’s best to put it in writing, a career plan is an ongoing process that includes:
- Considering your skills, preferences, interests and personal values
- Delving into your available options for work and education
- Choosing work that meshes with your life goals and circumstances
- Adjusting your plans as needed to manage change
Part 2 will provide details for creating your plan.
Short-term or long-term?
One vital aspect of career planning is determining your time frame. Your plan can focus on one year or many years out, depending on your goals. For a short-term plan, you’ll want to establish concrete goals that you can accomplish in one to five years.
A long-term plan should include a window of five years or more, which is a little more broad. Five years or more is a long time in today’s high-tech world, and specific skills required in a given job can change rapidly. A long-term career plan will focus more on overall goals and on developing core skills that are always valuable in the hotel management industry.
Next: Part 2, Creating your career plan.