Welcome to your Career Roadmap. Let’s make this actionable. How are you actually going to move forward?
The process of creating your Career Roadmap is not about the inflexible approach of setting a goal and figuring out the linear path to accomplish it. This is an exercise to reflect on what matters to you, decide what success could be for you, and then commit to experiments that start you on the path forward.
- Old version: Set a goal, get to that goal
- New version: Create hypotheses and test them
Norms. Let’s set a few ground rules that will create a positive experience as you spend a little time designing your career.
1. This is a living document that will (and should) change over time.
2. You own your career. Not your manager. Not your mom. You can and should take charge. One of the only ways you can fail at this is if you only fill this out to appease your manager.
3. A bias towards action helps both in this exercise (when in doubt, start writing ideas) and in building your career.
4. An experimentation mindset takes away the pressure. Prototyping is how the best companies build products. The same can apply to your career. Don’t make big commitments without smaller experiments first.
5. It’s ok to ask for help. Just because you own your career doesn’t mean you can do it all yourself. One of the best ways to grow is to ask for ideas and help from others.
Two frameworks that we’ll use to create your lightweight roadmap:
Why • What • How
Now • Next • Later
Grab a piece of paper to write on or open a new document and let’s dive in:
The best way to get started is to find outside resources to help us move forward and get the right tools to do the job.