The Second Action is to set goals. We all want that ideal job and a successful career. So, develop a goal statement and read it every day and write it every day.
If you had that career path in your head now and it looks ideal, would you want to be doing it every day in say, fifty years?
Yes or No? If Yes, Great! Develop and grow further and keep learning.
If No, begin exploring other avenues. Some questions to consider:
-What is your target career path, industry and specialization? Examples: Do we want to perform a project management role within the medical devices industry or do we want to perform a public relations role in banking? Do you want to start in pharmaceuticals and then spin off to become an entrepreneur?
-How can you connect what you are interested in and capable of to better sell ourselves during the interview? What do I have to bring to the table? What is my Unique Selling Point? Can I Sell-not just a product- but myself and my services on the resume?
-How much to earn from your job or several ideal jobs before you can have a lifestyle you want? How much do you need to earn so you can earn the H-1B and Green Card faster? Set up your ideal personal and monetary goals.
-What kind of network do you need to develop?
These questions all factor into your goal statement. Set a date when you will achieve that goal and what you have to do each day to get there.
Let’s say you got your Plan A (present job) working. Start working on Plan B, C, D, E to Z and have each one work synergistically so that if Plan A is messed up by a recession or anything, you have extra sources of incomes or ideas to fall back on. Are the goals related to each other or, if you set the goals right, each one funds the other to the extent that if Plan A went out of business, it wouldn’t hurt you, you would be financially fit and able to continue.
Contact me if you want to work on your backup plans and I’ll be glad to discuss your goals and how we can work together to put a solution together for you. I can be contacted at email@example.com or found on LinkedIn.
To read more about this “How to plan your career in the U.S.” series, visit part one here and part three here.
Emmanuel Ticzon works as an Independent Careers and Digital Marketing Professional in New York City. He has been involved in these fields since 2008 and has lived and worked in the Philippines, Hong Kong, China, the UK, and the USA since 1998. He is a Mentor with Drew University and Arizona State University. In addition, he writes resumes and helps build contingency plans with and for students and professionals. He has spoken to groups ranging between 10 and 300 people on Careers and what they need to do to succeed during a recession.
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