The set of work experience one has in the formative years -- the first 3 to 5 years -- will shape and add value to one's continuing career. Value and potential to one's work experience is contributed inter alia by: a) roles one gets to play; b) projects and assignments, business and economic sectors and market segments one is involved in; and c) teams and organisations one works with. Not least, value and potential is also realised by one's: a) advanced qualifications such as a master's degree in the right area of specialisation; b) command of additional major languages; and c) acquisition of enhanced skills at writing, public speaking and leadership.
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What are one's preferred continuing career options: a) continue to climb the corporate ladder as an executive in the private sector or an officer in public sector; b) be an entrepreneur or principal partner in an enterprise; c) be a trainer, journalist, writer, producer etc., using print or electronic media.
What will add value and potential to one's continuing career: a) writing, communication, negotiation and leadership skills; b) command of additional major languages; c) advanced degree in the correct area of specialisation such as an MBA in finance, mass communication and management.
Clear vision helps in identifying clear goals. General goals serve as directions but articulate goals and plan make one very focused on desired targets and actions; they also provide a sense of urgency and timeliness. Crystal clear goals easily crystalise to objectives, and plans to to-do lists.
Short-term vision is what one sees oneself achieving within 3 to 5 years, medium-term within 7 to 10 years, and long-term within 15 to 20 years. What constitute one's visions in terms of personal capacity and self-esteem, in terms of family and home, in terms of circle of friends and social network, in terms of personal wellness, career and wealth gathering?
Objectives may be seen as goals or their key components which are S.M.A.R.T., S for specific, M for measurable, A for achievable, R for realistic and T for time-bound.
SWOT analysis refers to an analysis of strength, weakness, opportunities and threats. It is a useful 'tool' in formulating goals and action plans. SWOT may be used when one is already at peace with one's vision or when one is in the process of perfecting one's vision. S and W focus on the inside -- the person, the organisation -- i.e., the action taker; while O and T on the externality -- i.e., the environment within which the person or the organisation operates.
It is all about the choices one's have to achieving one's objectives. True enough that by chartering a good plan or at least preferred route will make path easy for one's journey.
Note: The above is the word of advice from Abas Noordin, consistently shared by him to all his children for the past decade (and still continues). I wish to share this with my readers for the benefits of all (",)