The final step in the Career Goals process is to outline a credible career action plan which summarizes the steps from where you are today to your Dream Job. Your plan must address how you will acquire the key knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to succeed.
The final step in the process is to outline a credible career action plan which summarizes the steps from where you are today to your ultimate "dream job". Your plan must address how you will acquire the key knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to reach your ultimate goal.
Your career action plan needs to delineate four key milestones.
Jason identified four key milestones along the way to becoming an Australian VC partner.
Post MBA he planned to seek a position as an Associate in a Silicon Valley VC fund … and by the end of year 5 post-MBA, his goal was to be a Principal in the Firm.
10 years post-MBA, leveraging his experience and contacts, he would then either open an office for his Firm in Australia or leave the Firm and take on a Partner level role at an Australian VC fund.
Ultimately, his vision was larger than simply being a VC partner and he aims not only to found his own fund but also to play a significant role in the cultivation of a vibrant VC eco-system in Australia.
Referring back to his gaps from the prior exercise and video, you can see how this career path would build the credibility, connections, and experience necessary to succeed in his chosen career goals. Similarly, you can see how his geographic location changes over time, starting in the United States but ultimately ending with a move back to his homeland of Australia.
So now it's your turn to complete this final exercise in this Application Strategy series.
In your self-study materials below this lecture, we have a blank career action plan template for you to use.
Bringing together all the work you've done in the prior exercises, layout a credible career action plan that makes sense for you. We suggest using timeframes of Post-MBA, MBA +5 years, MBA +10 years and your Dream Job, but feel free to modify the timeframes if necessary.
This work can take time to finalize and will benefit immensely from input you've hopefully received during your informational interviews. You should also complete research using the internet and talking with friends and colleagues who have succeeded on similar career paths to that which you have in mind. It is likely that you'll iterate through a number of versions of this plan before settling on your final path.
The moment that your career purpose, dream job, and path to that dream become clear to you can be pretty exciting. You now have a complete answer to the admissions committees question: "What are your career goals?" But when you think about it, what you've created is really powerful. You now have a blue print for your future and plan for making a difference in the world.
Tool: Career Action Plan Exercise (PDF)
Tool: Career Action Plan Exercise (Microsoft PowerPoint)