The approach we take to career mapping is based on the strategic planning tool of SWOT analysis. This is a process where you take a hard look at your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats, and plan accordingly.
SWOT analysis can be carried out for a product, place, industry or person. It involves specifying the objective and identifying the internal and external factors that are favorable and unfavorable to achieve that objective. As it relates to your career, you map out your end goal. Here’s some questions to get you started:
What would you like to achieve? Do you visualize your goals? Do you have positive affirmations that help you live your goals?
Completing a SWOT Analysis can help you tremendously by uncovering weaknesses, discovering strengths and developing an action plan to overcome the obstacles that have prevented you from reaching your goals.
Knowledge is Power
Once you know the Truth you can be free. You can empower yourself with the tools and resources you need to accomplish your wildest desires and grandest career goals.
This is a practical and simple tool that you can use.
Okay then, let’s get started!
Make a list of all your strengths. In particular, consider what skills, knowledge and experience you have that makes you indispensable to your current employer (and future prospective employers).
You will also want to consider what the demand for these skills is in the marketplace. Think about your functional and technical skills as well as your soft skills.
Do you know how to perform market analysis? Business process improvement? Project Management? Understand SEC reporting requirements? Are you great at motivating teams to peak performance? Are you the one that the CEO calls to use your diplomatic skills to facilitate tough negotiations? Are you the “go to” person who builds consensus among stakeholders? Identify these. These are the strengths that make up your value proposition.
Next, take an honest inventory of yourself. List the areas where you can improve. What has been shared with you during performance evaluations?
What items are relevant to the type of positions that you would like to have? After you identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities that you are lacking you can decide if you are willing to invest the time and energy to improve upon these skills.
Give yourself permission to dream. If you could do anything in the world for your career, what would that be? This is the step I like to hand my clients paper with blue skies and white puffy clouds.
Dream. Dream Big!
Let your mind wander to the infinite possibilities that surround you. What do you see? What ideas do you have for growth? Where can you contribute to and add the greatest value? Is it within your current employer or outside your company?
During this step in our coaching, many clients discover there are real opportunities available that they had never considered before. Choices. You are not trapped. A whole new world opens up. Hope is restored.
What are you afraid of? What is the worst thing that could happen? What can go wrong?
Examples can include: changes to the executive management team, a new Executive Director, budget cuts, downsizing, outsourcing; mergers or acquisitions; health changes; pending major life events .
This is the place where you have full permission to let the committee have its say (the voices in your head that tells you the sky is falling) and list everything that comes to mind. Write it down. Put it on paper. Say it out loud and take the power out of it. This is the Fear that has held you hostage. Remember that the acronym FEAR stands for False Evidence Appearing Real.
Now that you have this list, make a plan. During MGM Solutions career coaching sessions on Career Mapping, after we have completed a SWOT Analysis we start with opportunities.
What are the career titles or positions that you would like to explore? Once you have uncovered positions that you would really like and had not considered before, let’s explore them.
Identify where you would like to be. Now, review the strengths and relationships you can leverage to get there; also consider any weaknesses you need to overcome.
Prioritize your biggest threats and make a plan to neutralize them. If you have never done this, you can approach this with confidence. This is a proven method to build actionable plans that will lead you to success.
If you need help with your SWOT Analysis or Career Mapping, contact MGM Solutions to assist you. We are here to help you and provide custom personalized solutions to meet our client’s individual needs.