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Prepare for your next career step

What is your next career step? Do you have a plan? If not, you should build one.  Give it a lot of thought and get started. First decide where you want to be in a few years and then ask yourself what you need to do to get there. That thinking should lead to a preliminary plan.

Next talk to someone you trust – it may be your boss or maybe some other trusted individual in your company or a respected friend familiar with your situation. Ask key questions, listen carefully and say “thank you” because you may hear some things that don’t sit well.  Now build a more concrete plan that will probably include classes to take, books to read, experiences to have and beginning a new networking effort.  Write it down and schedule what you need to do.

Once you are comfortable with your beginning efforts it is time to talk with your boss or possibly the Human Resources Department about your goals.  Be careful to pick the right time to have this conversation. Don’t talk to your boss after a difficult day or late on Friday when she is heading off for the weekend.

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