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Chapter 6. Creating a New Career Path > Importance of the Plan

Importance of the Plan

Thinking about what you’d like to do, brainstorming about possibilities—What if I did this? or Can I actually do that?—is quite a different experience from writing out specifics and detailed action steps. Suddenly, in committing a concept to paper, what was once vague and idealistic becomes a workable possibility. A PDP is a tangible document that

  • gives you the means to refine and work out an overall strategy to manage your career destination and professional experiences

  • allows you to develop a workable, comprehensive, practical action plan to accomplish your professional aim

  • empowers you to individualize a design to reflect what you want and when you want it, and to declare your intentions to yourself and others

  • spotlights what you need to do to fill in the gaps in competencies and skills to prepare for your move to the next work stage

  • pinpoints a set of related tasks and allows you to arrange them in logical order

  • commits you to action by providing a format to turn your ideas and dreams into substance

  • targets the priority tasks for placement at the head of your to-do list

  • serves as a measurement tool for monitoring your progress and assessing needed revisions.


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