Dear Jane: Is a Career Plan a Waste of Time?

by 352admin 28. February 2013 11:34

Dear Jane,

I just received a memorandum from the professional development department telling me to fill out and turn in a career plan.  How much time should I spend on this? It looks like just a waste of time.


One Too Many Forms


Dear One Too Many Forms,

A career plan could be one of the most important things you do for yourself.  Make an investment in doing it right. Take the time to do some due diligence:What should you be doing and why? Talk to your mentor(s), the partners you work with, your practice group leader and gather ideas on what you should be doing over the next 6 to 12 months. Once you choose from among the ideas this exercise will generate, go back to these same people to talk about how you accomplish the goals you've set for yourself. Approaching a career plan in this way turns a "form" into a "permission slip."

Jane DiRenzo Pigott is the managing director of R3 Group LLC, specializing in working with professional service organizations on leadership and change in connection with diversity and inclusion. Before founding R3 Group, she practiced law for more than two decades at large law firms where she chaired a practice group, served on the executive management and compensation committees, and founded and ran diversity initiatives and affinity groups.

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