Today part of me wants to mix up the alphabet and talk about Goals (‘G’) before discussing the Five Year Plan (‘F’), but I am behaving myself.
Your goals should come into many categories – one of these includes the 5 Year Plan. Do you already have a 5 year plan? After all many interviewers will ask you “where do you see yourself in 5 years time?” Do you know?
There are many types of five year plans today I am going to look at a five year plan for a university student or recent graduate.
A 5 year plan should be more than a list of things that you want to do over the next five years. Instead it should set out a rough time frame of things that you want to achieve in your 5 year plan. The one above applies to career development from a university student’s point of view – detailing exams, deadlines and interview periods.
5 year plans can also be used by writers – to outline the next 5 years of their projects. I have a 5 year plan for mine.
When writing a 5 year plan you should consider including:
- Deadlines (all and any)
- Conferences and Events
- Submission Dates for Awards, Competitions, Articles etc
- Job and Project Details and Deadlines
- Appraisals and Opportunities
- Working Abroad/ Travel
Draft your 5 year plan today.