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How to get the career you want – Make a plan

12 September 2016, by

This is the third in my series of posts about how to get the career you want. Step 2 in my infallible all-purpose career plan is to make a plan that will get you to where you want to be.

Now I bet that almost all of you make plans to execute tasks and projects all the time. But somehow when you come to make a plan to achieve a big scary career goal, it doesn’t seem so easy. Sure, you say, I’d love to be Managing Director, but how on earth would I ever get there?


How to get the career you want – Intro

5 September 2016, by

I recently gave a lunch and learn on how to get the career that you want.

I find this a fascinating subject, as all of us have so much more potential than we realise and could achieve all of our dreams with sustained application.

Of course I can only speak from my own experience. My thoughts come from my own journey to become Managing Director (you can hear more about that here –, my career chats I have with other members of Softwire and my experience outside of my job trying to make a second career in acting.

The basic way to get anything you want is really simple.

  1. Work out what you want to do
  2. Make a plan
  3. Do it

The challenge is that each of those steps is harder than you think. I’ll write about each in a separate blog post.

In the meantime, I made a list of my top career tips.

  1. Work hard; find what helps you to work hard
  2. Discover self-efficacy – what have you done that made a difference?
  3. What do you want to do? I recommend the Artist’s Way
  4. Leap into a big goal (5+ years)
  5. Find a way to be buoyed up by your successes (use
  6. Don’t stop; don’t go too fast (I use this tip for jogging!) i.e. KEEP GOING