In this modern world, it is very difficult to select a job or career, that’s perfect for you and that may suite your personality, skills and aptitude. Especially since the emergence of the technology era, many jobs are available now that were not even thought about in the past twenty years. Many jobs come and go through our life, but we do not take an interest in all of them. Research shows that people who love and have a passion for their job are those who work hard to reach their goals and are most successful.

It is time to create your career by design not default. Career mapping means to think and plan about your future. It is about seeing any situation as an opportunity. If you want to become a working professional, and better yet a successful one, you should make a plan of action. This plan can entail future aspirations, preferred destination(s) and the steps necessary to get to this destination. Career maps are very useful in curing career disorientation. It provides guidance throughout the process of attaining your goals.

One of the first factors for a career map is aim. This step enables a person to think about their path. Do I have a clear and positive vision? Achieving your goal, whether it is short or long-term, is very important and with the right aim in mind, success can be achieved.

To create a career map, you should be able to examine your position and your aim. Your career plan must be realistic, with small positive steps taken over an extended period of time. The main purpose of career mapping is to create a path to achieve your goal. For the purpose of creating a career map you should examine what kind of job you want to do in your future and whether or not you can work for this career to become overall happy with your career choices. Once this is established, consider any possible weaknesses that may hinder your opportunity. Take the initiative to work on these weaknesses, if any.

Secondly, you should research different sources to gather information about the organization and the vacant position. You should realize your choices such as what type of job you would like and what are its requirements.

Thirdly, marketing is an essential part of career mapping. After examining your path of success, you should determine how to get yourself on that path. This means you need to be in contact with the companies or organizations where you want to potentially be employed at. For this purpose you can keep in touch with the company’s point-of-contact or Human Resources Division. Employers are often impressed with individuals who take the time to learn about their organization and network. Knowing different aspects of the company such as its product line  and history can aid in attaining the position.

Finally, our future is full of uncertainties and we do not know what will happen next in the future but a career map is valuable to help figure out those uncertainties. Written planning allows you to make rational career decisions. Moreover, you’ll have a method to frequently judge your progress toward your future career objectives. With a highly competitive job market, you’ll also have an edge over those who do not have a road map to lead them to their destination.  The key here is to understand that a change in career direction may have an impact of your finances. So you should ensure that, you are financially stable and you can afford it. As you uncover new career information, learn new skills and acquire added experience and abilities you will be in a better position to adjust your plan to overcome obstacles and roadblocks.

To review, career planning refers to an individualize preparation for a person’s professional future. It plays a vital role for future success. Career Mapping can help you throughout the journey of job hunting. It can provide direction as well as guidance. The career map will encourage you to reach your goal and it will also assist you by demonstrating your progress towards your destination. This valuable tool can lead to your dream job.