Plan Your Career Advancement

Expectation can bring success in one’s life. However, it also brings disappointment. High expectation without any foundation for the changes to meet the expectation will result in great disappointment. For example, I have seen people who are unhappy in their career but won’t do anything to improve it. They won’t seek help. They rather complain and have adverse feeling toward their employer.

There are people who want to get high pays within very short period of time within their career. These people want to sprint before they can even crawl. They don’t want to learn and climb up the corporate ladder. I have seen many of these people and they get disappointed with the outcomes. Such as, they got knocked back from a highly-paid job that exceeded their skill set.

Just like in business, to achieve success in your career, you need the following:

  • Have a vision on what you want to become
  • Set goals to achieve the vision
  • Design a tactic on to achieve the goals
  • Plan and implement your strategy – make sure it is S.M.A.R.T (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely)

Without a vision, goals, plan or the perseverance to act, failure is guaranteed. For example, you want to retired by the age of 50 and travel the world. Your goal would be to have enough wealth to fund your lifestyle. There are many ways on achieving this therefore you will need to plan carefully on how you would achieve the goal. One tactical way could be climb up the corporate ladder quickly and earn $AU200K per year for the next 10 years. Invest all your earnings in high risk ventures for high returns.

Once have a tactical plan, you will need a short term plan (1-3 years), medium term plan (5-7 years) and long term plan (10 years). Just like a travel trip, you need a plan on the route and the places to stop over to get to your destination in time and safely.

For example, if you were like me, want to become a Software Development Manager then here are the following steps you can take:

  • Year 1 – Year 3 (up to $AU75K pa): learn and get as much experience on software development using the full software development lifecycle (SDLC) – assuming that you have Bachelor of Computer Science or equivalent
  • Year 4 – Year 5 (up to $AU90K pa): be a specialist, e.g. software or system architects. Also, at the same time should get a Master of Computing or equivalent
  • Year 6 – Year 7 (up to $AU110K pa): be a development team leader
  • Year 8 – Year 9 (up to $AU130K pa): get a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Master of Project Management, and PMBOK or PRINCE 2.

Within 10 years, you would have the qualification and experience to become a Software Development Manager. How much you earn depends on your skills and experience, the industry, etc.

If you don’t know what to do, the best person to seek help would be your manager. They would be glad to help you in any ways to achieve your goals.