At any age, at any stage in your career, you can start planning your professional journey while seeking out resources to support these plans. The first part of this “It’s Your Career” series will start looking at what you already have going for you and what you can do to capitalize on your strengths.
It’s your career, so plan like it.
Planning forces you to review what resources you currently have and what activities you need to engage in, in order to meet your goals. Listing out everything you need to do in order to advance in your career can be overwhelming. So, we are going to follow use a logic model to organize our thoughts. Specifically, I will be using a logic model that professional evaluators use to help plan educational programs. I’m using a logic model to plan my future.
Resources. I classified my resources into one of the four categories competences, psychological, psychological, and personal relationships.
Activities. Activities are how you use your resources to achieve certain outcomes. For example, my psychological resources are my drive to become the best version of myself. An activity to achieve this outcome would be to meditate and journal more frequently.
Outputs. Outputs are the results of the activities, for example, one of my resources is my mindful drive. The process would look like this, my drive (resource) would be used to check in with my self. I check in with myself by writing and meditating, these are considered activities.
Next, are the outputs which would be 20 minutes, 5 times a week, journalling & mediation. The outcomes are how these actions affect my life.
All, I need to do is know what your strengths are, use them, continue to use them and then eventually you start getting closer and closer to your short and long-term goals.
Outcomes. What do I gain from all of this work? Following my previous example, if I meditate for 20 minutes, 5 times a week then I will become consciously mindful of my psychological and psychological needs.
Ultimately, the outcome is to become fully grounded in me.