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What’s Your Engineering Career Strategy for 2016?

You are a brand. You may feel as though you’re just an employee, but in reality, you are capable of shaping your future in your career, much like any company would plan for success. Instead of taking a passive role and letting opportunity pass you by, it’s time to focus on the brand that is you (and your career!) and what you plan to do with it.

Every plan starts with a few basic goals. Take a few minutes and figure out what you would like your future to look like. Once you have that in place, it’s time to start mapping out some short term goals that will lead to your long term achievements.

Your Short Term Career Goals

Where would you like to be in the next five years? Is it going to be at the same company? Will you still be in the same position? Map out some reasonable goals that you would like to achieve during that time period.

Now, take those goals and create a road map to achieving those goals. Much like a business creates a business plan to map out their initial start-up period, you can do the exact same thing. Do you want to qualify for a promotion? Start taking engineering certifications that will make you a candidate of choice for a higher position.

Want to find a job where you will be happier? It’s time to get in touch with a recruiter who can make that happen for you. Every month you delay, you end up putting off your future success. Once you have a clear idea of the next five years, it’s time to look a little further ahead.

Long Term Career Goals

The immediate future is pretty easy to plan, it’s when you start looking long term that many of us run into problems. Don’t be afraid to dream big! If you have a big career goal, but you’re willing to work hard to achieve it, you can make it happen!

List out your main future goals that you want to work on. Now, plan out what exactly it will take to achieve those goals. Work out a long-term road map for your future and don’t forget to plan ahead for a few bumps in the road (they will happen!).

Personal Goals

Don’t forget your own personal goals along the way. Sure, work is important, but you’ve got to have a great work/life balance, too. Plan out a few things you would like to accomplish for yourself and see how they’ll fit into your short and long term goals. This will help provide you with extra motivation and keep your eye on the prize!

Want more help finding the right career where you can excel in engineering? SoloPoint Solutions is here to help!