Managing Your Government Career: Success Strategies That Work

By Stewart Liff | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 6
Looking Down
the Road

NOW THAT YOU HAVE ESTABLISHED yourself with the government and hopefully built a good reputation for yourself in the process, it is time to start plotting your career in more earnest. While you need to stay in the present with respect to your current job, you should also begin looking down the road. It’s been my experience that people who plan for success tend to achieve more than people who simply go with the flow. After all, if you don’t know where you are going, you will never get there.


Where Do I Want to Be in Five Years? Ten
Years? Twenty Years?

In looking down the road, you need to develop some sense of where you want to wind up. By this I mean that you should think about where you want to be in your career in the long term, the midterm, and the short term. You may decide that by the time you are 50, you want to be a senior executive, so by the time you are 40, you might want to be a division manager; and by the time you are 30, a supervisor. Or, you may decide that by the time you are 50, you want to be a well-respected trainer, so by 40, you might aspire to be a lead journeyman, and by the time you are 30, you would want to be an accomplished technician. Where you want

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