How to plan a career
Write a complete scheme of career growth, from the lowest levels to the top, given the significant intermediate stages. In scheme can include not only the post but also the title. For a player it looks like this: the fourth degree — third degree — second degree — first degree — children's trainer — candidate master of sports — champion of region — master of sport — international master — grandmaster — champion — international grandmaster champion of the world. To the company's employee scheme might look like this: sales representative — supervisor — head of Department — Deputy Director — Director.
Mark the current situation on the chart. A chess player can circle the item "children's coach". Now it is clear which way is passed and how many opportunities lie ahead.
Specify the upper point to which I wish to reach. Not necessarily to strive to the top. Player can set a goal to obtain the title of grandmaster, not wanting to waste energy on something more. Sales representative shall not be obliged to seek the office of Director if he is attracted to the position of head of Department. Each career step requires some effort, i.e. you will have to pay the price. Some people standing at the lower levels, understand that I have the potential to for the Director and are ready to devote several years of his life to achieving this goal.
Look for stories of people who went a similar path and reached the desired level. First, it is necessary to maintain confidence, especially if no one with whom to share dreams. Second, this approach will allow to identify more precisely the resources and the necessary that will need further planning. When before my eyes is an example, it is easier to find the right ways to promote. Gather as much information as possible.
Make a plan to achieve the required level, indicate the dates of transition from stage to stage. Note the necessary resources and actions that are going to take. If you have the opportunity, show the plan to the competent person.