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Career Growth Planning Myths

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5 Career Growth Planning myths you need to ignore...if you are serious about advancing you career:

(#3 is the most common)

1. I don't need a career plan.

↳A plan adds intentionality to your career. Rather than going with the flow, it ensures you navigate with purpose, reaching goals faster and more effectively.

2. My manager needs to develop my career plan.

↳While your manager will provide key inputs, offer guidance and provide resources, it's ultimately your responsibility to define and drive your career path.

3. I need to have the next X years figured out to create a career growth plan.

↳It's great if you have several years mapped out, but don't let that be a blocker to set a plan. It's perfectly fine to concentrate on your immediate next steps. As you move forward and learn, your plans can, and should, adjust to reflect your evolving aspirations and insights.

4. I don't have time to work on my career on top of my day-to-day activities.

↳Career growth isn't separate from your daily tasks. By reframing and embedding growth opportunities into your everyday activities and current priorities, you're fostering growth for both yourself and the organization.

5. I set my career plan early in the year but review it as part of the yearly cycle.

↳A lot can change in a year! Regular check-ins, whether monthly or quarterly, ensure that your plan remains aligned with your current goals and the evolving dynamics of the professional landscape.

PS: Clarity emerges through the act of doing vs. excessive thinking and planning.