How often do you sit down and think about your professional development other than during your annual review? A good career plan considers your strengths, weaknesses, values, and what you like and need out of a career. So, this is your opportunity to reflect on what you have to offer to the world (and potential employers), how your career plan fits your life, and identify ways that you can grow (personally and professionally). It is essential to develop your career planning as it gives you the much-needed direction and makes it clear there where you see yourself in the future. It makes you aware of your strengths and weaknesses and the skills and knowledge required to achieve your future goals. A large proportion of our life is spent achieving our career goals. Thus, it is very important to make sure that the right steps were taken and correct planning was done in your life’s early years. There are very few lucky ones who are born with a clear mind and who knows what they want to do and where they see themselves in life ahead. But the majority of us are not sure what we want from life, and so it is very important to plan out things. Thus career planning is what gives your career and in some way your life, true meaning, and purpose. As much as you may want it to, your career path will not likely follow a straight line. Having a career plan will help you stay motivated during all the twists and turns your career path throws at you. And most importantly, it will guide you during times when you are considering a career or industry changes by helping you figure out whether your choice truly fits the plan. So, where do you begin? The easiest way is to start writing everything down. Whether you use our career planning guide or you create your own, it is essential to document your thoughts. And before you go, please remember a few things. Your career plan does not have to be set in stone. While it’s important to set goals, make it a habit to review your plan every few months to make sure it still matches what you want out of a career. Also, following your career plan won’t be a perfect process. Try not to be discouraged by the possible obstacles along the way. No matter what may change, your career plan is there to ground you and guide you on your path to success!