Before you can commence writing a career plan, it is important to look at where you are now, and what brought you to this place, as well as where you want to go. ‘Take Stock’ of your life and career to date before deciding where you want to go.
Taking stock involves:
Looking at where you are now
How did you get here?
What decisions led you to be here?
Do you have any regrets?
If you could do things differently, would you?
What has been a highlight for you?
What are your values?
What do you value most about your role and yourself?
What is most important to you (choose three things)
Is the balance between your work and other interests about right?
Do your personal values align with the firm’s values?
What motivates you?
Does what you do provide you with fulfillment and enjoyment?
What work activities give you the greatest sense of achievement?
What do you want to learn?
What does the firm you work for do that provides you with a sense of satisfaction?
What are your strengths?
Do you know what you are good at?
Do you understand what lies in their shadows (http://empirecareers.com.au/know-your-strengths-but-be-aware-of-their-shadows/)
Do you have any unique skills or gifts?
What feedback have you had from others about your strengths?
How do others see you?
What is your perception of how colleagues and clients see you?
What is your relationship like with others?
Do you have good self-awareness?
Are you able to act on feedback given?
Do you need to have a personality profile done to understand your personal preferences in terms of behaviour?
Where do you want to go?
What are your career aspirations?
What do you want to do in your life other than career?
What does your preferred work culture look like and is it where you are now?
Do you have a fall back position if your career doesn’t give you what you are looking for?