Here's an example of a Career Map. Notice it is different than a Career Plan. Plans have a specific path and outcome. Maps have alternate routes, which is a priority in our approach to ©Talent GPS. To build a Career Map, consider the following questions:
What types of work really makes my heart sing?
- You may change this answer at any time as you experience different types of work. Consider volunteering to do different types of projects to learn about all the new and redefined jobs people do. Leverage your DISC behavioral strengths and your Driving Forces (priorities) to map to the job you think is best for you. Learn more from our white paper.
- Does it align with the type of work I want to do? It's brutal, but if you really like to make donuts, it will be more difficult to pull down a $100K salary. This is the internal choice each person must make - what is most important to me and what are the trade offs I'm willing to make. All answers are correct if you make them for yourself.
- Build branches for the types of work you have decided to go after. Put an income range on each of these branches (check out job boards to validate the income in your area).
- Add smaller branches from the trunk of the tree to the end of each branch with steps you'll take to get to the work and income you desire. If you want, put dates on the little branches - 1, 5 and 10 years out.
- Put life events on the little branches if it's relevant. For example, if you plan to have children, move, etc. consider how these play into your branches.
- Share with your boss.
Here's a sketch: