Make A 5 Year Plan

One of the most used interview questions seems to be “where to see yourself in 5 years?”  There is a lot of psychology behind that question in terms of what a particular interviewer may want to hear but it really brings up a bigger question: do you know what you want to be doing in 5 years?calendar

Seriously, this is a great question.  The reason it is so great is that what you are doing right now has an impact on what you maybe doing.  I know a lot of us can’t see beyond this coming weekend but it truly is important to think about.

Goals keep us motivated.  Why?  It all comes back to personal branding.  How others perceive you directly impacts your career.

  • Do you want to make a career change?  Begin to network (through any number of social networking channels) with individuals in that profession and find out how they got started.  Then begin putting an action plan in line with calendar deadlines to keep you focused.
  • Do you want a promotion (or two)?  Begin by interviewing your manager, your manager’s peers, or your manager’s manager to see how they achieved those levels and what they may recommend for you to consider to begin preparing for that level.
  • Do you want to start your own company?  Think about a field where you can add value and begin to create a network that will help support your goals.  Don’t let them know immediately what you are doing but start to build those relationships now.

Everyone talks about setting up a plan.  Plans are easy and are typically altered over time for one reason or another.  Executing the plan is where the payoff comes.  Begin to set yourself up now for further success in the next 5 years.

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About kufarms
10 years in HR and recruiting both in the corporate and agency worlds. Corporate Recruiter and Socail Media Strategist. Looking to share and discuss topics as well as hopefully provide some thought. Dad of 2 with a loving wife.

2 Responses to Make A 5 Year Plan

  1. I use a strategy of planning 5 years ahead in general, and seeing how that evolves. I usually establish a five year goal, then goals for the immediate year or so, and review them. Over time, a more detailed plan evolves.

    Also having a plan is a way to discover when your plan isn’t going to work. You may have to change your plan, but at least you had a plan to change, so you can measure your changes, evaluate options, etc. Not having a plan just leaves you meandering.

    If for no other reason, having a plan lets you know exactly when and why you’re changing it.

  2. kufarms says:

    Steven, great insight. Yes, having a plan and setting goals is a working document that will need revisions over time as either you achieve goals or need to “tweak” as you go forward. Far too many people do not make a plan and just kind of “wing it”.

    Fantastic points and thanks for your feedback!

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