According to Wikipedia, career management is the combination of structured planning and the active management choice of one’s own professional career.
The outcome of successful career management should include personal fulfillment, work/life balance, goal achievement and financial security.
Your career management process begins with setting goals/objectives. A relatively specific goal/objective must be formulated. This task may be quite difficult when the individual lacks knowledge of career opportunities and/or is not fully aware of their talents and abilities. However, the entire career management process is based on the establishment of defined goals/objectives whether specific or general in nature.
- Short-term goals (one or two years) are usually specific and limited in scope.
- Intermediate goals (3 to 20 years) tend to be less specific and more open ended than short-term goals.
- Long-term goals (Over 20 years), of course, are the most fluid of all. Lack of life experience and knowledge about potential opportunities and pitfalls make the formulation of long-term goals/objectives very difficult.