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1 S TRATEGIC P LANNING FOR Y OUR C AREER Cheryl Clark Bonner February 8, 2014 My Career Transitions

2 By attending this session, you will learn: To state your dreams as goals To connect your goals to specific actions To add new tools in your tool box to take charge of your career How to start a strategic plan for your career A GOAL IS A DREAM TAKEN SERIOUSLY.

3 What were some of your career dreams when you were a kid?

4 A GOAL IS A DREAM TAKEN SERIOUSLY. What are some of your career goals now?

5 A GOAL IS A DREAM TAKEN SERIOUSLY. What do you dream of doing with your life?

6 A GOAL IS A DREAM TAKEN SERIOUSLY. Why haven’t you accomplished these things?

7 Q UOTES ON G OALS How do you go from where you are to where you want to be? I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life. You have to have a dream, a goal and you have to be willing to work for it. Jim Valvano

8 L IVE THE LIFE YOU HAVE IMAGINED..

9 BARRIERS Those things that get in our way!

10 TMB P ANYEE FC SHORT FILM

11 B ARRIERS What was their goal? What barriers did they face? How did they overcome their barriers? What happened when they had a chance to take it the next level? How did they react when they were faced with adversity at the tournament?

12 B ARRIERS & Y OU How does the story of the boys from Panyee impact you and your goals?

13 S TRATEGIC P LANNING 101 Strategic Analysis Setting Strategic Direction Action Planning Writing and Communicating the Plan Monitoring the Plan Evaluating the Plan Adjusting the Plan

14 S TRATEGIC P LANNING FOR Y OUR C AREER Clearly define our purpose and set goals Communicate goals and objectives to the important people in our lives Take control of our lives and not abdicate the power to others or external forces Ensure the most effective use is made of our resources by focusing the resources on the key priorities Provide a base from which progress can be measured and establish a mechanism for informed change when needed

15 Q UOTES ON G OALS Most of us serve our ideals by fits and starts. The person who makes a success of living is one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That's dedication! Cecil B. DeMille

16 S TRATEGIC A NALYSIS : S ELF - A SSESSMENT SWOT Analysis Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats

17 G ETTING Y OU T HINKING : S TRENGTHS Things I really enjoy doing A few of the best moments of the past month Three things I’d do if I won the lottery Issues or causes I care deeply about Things I can do at the good-to- excellent level

18 T HE F LIP S IDE One thing that I believe gets in the way of my success is … My weak areas that I will need to deal with in order to reach my career goals are… My weak areas that I will need to manage in order to meet my goals are …

19 L OOKING FOR O PPORTUNITIES How you could make a difference in these different places by using your strengths: Family Friends Work unit Work organization/company Community World

20 M ORE Q UESTIONS … What would you do if you knew you would not fail? What kinds of problems do you most like to solve? What kinds of questions do you most like to help people find answers to?

21 S TILL M ORE Q UESTIONS … What are your favorite hobbies or interests? If you could write a book, what would it be about? What knowledge of yours do you most like to display to other people? What are you doing when you feel most alive?

22 Q UOTES ON G OALS It's not so much how busy you are, but why you are busy. The bee is praised. The mosquito is swatted.

23 Q UOTES ON G OALS Many people fail in life, not for lack of ability or brains or even courage but simply because they have never organized their energies around a goal. Elbert Hubbard

24 G OALS AND O BJECTIVES What can I accomplish …Realistically? Goals should be: Achievable - It is your power to achieve this goal Believable - It is consistent with your core values and personal mission Conceivable - It can put into measurable terms

25 N URTURE Y OURSELF Adopt an attitude of gratitude, forgiveness, and optimism Practice good health and fitness Reach for what you want Look for the possibilities Don't forget to see what is right in front of you Stretch your imagination Open your mind

26 I NDULGE Y OUR C REATIVITY Create an openness to new things; expect the best; express your creativity; think of possibilities, not absolutes; take healthy risks, have courage, dare to be different… What is right in front of you that can begin movement toward your vision? What will stand in your way? What barriers can you begin to address today?

27 N EXT S TEPS Write a goal statement (or two!) Communicate this to an important person in your life Identify an action that allows you to have control over it - the power is not abdicated to others or external forces Focus a talent or other resources on your goal or other key priorities Measure your progress and establish a mechanism for informed change Reward yourself

28 QUESTIONS? Cheryl Clark Bonner Director, Penn State Alumni Career Services 102 Bank of America Career Services Center University Park, PA (content : All rights reserved)


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