Many people think that once they accept employment with a large company that their career will automatically continue to move forward. They focus on accomplishing what they have to do for their role and assume that someone in human resources or their manager have put together a plan for them. For some, once a year at annual review time, they will have a discussion about what they want to do in the future. Others are far luckier; their manager may take this area of their responsibility very seriously and does put some thought and planning into developing the team.
But, a career is a living breathing thing. It should be very intentional and requires thorough, detailed planning. It should be done with a mentor and validated by the manager. It should go at least 5-10 years into the future. Sometimes when I ask mentees where they want to be in 10 years, they have thought about it and will answer with something like "I want to be in marketing." To me, this is similar to planning a trip and saying they want to go west.
Don't get me wrong, it is important to know which direction you want to go in, but do you want to end up in Seattle or San Diego? The first thing I will do is work with them to figure out what job they would like to be in in 10 years, this should be very specific and often will require months to figure out. Once this is complete, we can build a real career path and put together a specific plan on how to achieve this.
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