Career Planning: The Dangers of Doing Nothing!
Career Planning after 50-It's Never too Late
Career planning at any age yields so many
benefits it’s a wonder that everyone is not doing it.
It’s an arrangement to direct and manage your career, keep track of
progress or the lack of progress, set career objectives and take an agressive pro-active approach to your
career. Career success is usually the result of robust career planning.
Why then do so many not do something that is
an critical component to success? Here are a be few reasons why many neglect this key element to finding
and growing their careers.
Why Career Planning Doesn't Seem to Work
Many are afraid of failing. They may consider and
start career planning, but they fail to implement their plan, and at the first sign of a lack of success they
stop the process. They also may set their sights way out of reach. When their goals are not met they blame the
plan and all activity stops.
Others with an abundance of experience conclude
they have no need to create a career plan. This approach may work around the edges but to achieve something more
meaningful experience will not replace a well thought out career plan.
On the other side of experience those with little
practical experience and who, “don’t know what they don’t know,” and are moved by events outside their control.
They never take the time to learn what is involved in career planning.
The Biggest Reason Why So Many Neglect Career
Finally, the major reason is laziness. Effective
career planning is work. It takes thinking, research and continued effort. It can’t be an infrequent activity.
If you plan on reading two books a month, for example, it does you little good trying to read 24 books on
December 31st. If the time
and effort is not expended you can’t expect positive long term results.
Here are some ideas to help you get started in
your mid-life career planning. Go read the
balance of the article and find out the seven great ideas to get you started in your career
Read about what others accomplished in taking
action in their career plans after
50 and the great results they