What are the benefits of career planning

Career planning that pays off

Achievement of goals = planning?

You want to be a department manager when you are in your early 30s. Does the achievement of goals have to do with planning? Yes.

Only when you have determined what must be given in order to be able to shout “Arrived!” Can you compare the current state of affairs with where you want to go - and make changes to your strategies and activities if necessary. Your goal is a clearly defined "place"you want to achieve, it's objective.

You want to be satisfied with your job when you are in your early 30s. Does the achievement of goals have to do with planning? No.

You will find that you are happy with your job when you are happy with what you do every day. If you don't like something, you can take countermeasures according to the situation. Change departments, talk to your colleague, start further training, venture into a new area - the goal you want to achieve can be in many “places”, it's subjective.

So it is primarily one Question of the nature of the goalwhether planning is really necessary. Perhaps it can be compared to entering into a navigation device: If you enter a place and a street including the house number, there is a correct route to your destination - and perhaps a handful of alternative routes. However, if you define your destination more generally as “beach hotel”, there are almost innumerable possible routes.

What career depends on

In a 2011 survey that asked what career goals and plans are important, almost 60% of respondents said they could primarily about the acquisition of skills and knowledge. Proceeding from this idea, it logically follows that second is career planning mentioned - but only by around 45% of the participants:

You can find more statistics at Statista

The Austrian business administration professor Wolfgang Mayrhofer, who examined the factors influencing careers with two colleagues, came to results that question these ideas: Self-expression is more important than relationship workthe researchers found. In addition, factors that are classically male pay off.

Leadership motivation promotes objective and subjective career success. In contrast, the influence of achievement motivation, conscientiousness, emotional stability, ability to communicate and flexibility on objective characteristics of career success can be proven, but not very high.

In addition, according to Mayrhofer, overtime pays off. However, only above the 60-hour limit.

So if you want to make a career, you should ensure that you present yourself well in a large company with a high commitment of time and great leadership motivation.

Interesting results were also obtained with regard to the sexes: Women very often have little objective, but a lot of subjective career success.

On average, men have clear advantages in terms of later income.

It starts with the social background. “The higher the education of the father, the more the son earns. [...] The higher the education of the father, the more dissatisfied the woman is with her professional development, the more painful she experiences the incompatibility of work and family. "

What helps women in their careers?

According to a Statista survey this year, this question was answered by 87% of men and 94% of women with "Support, promotion by society“Answered. In addition, 70% of men and 87% of women consider the support provided by their superiors to be particularly important. The solution to specific female career obstacles therefore does not lie in creating a quota for women.

You can find more statistics at Statista

That the Incompatibility of work and family At 51%, the most common reason for women to give up their career plans emerges from another survey. For the male respondents, this was only the case in 30% of all cases. The 2015 survey on conflict issues between men and women also speaks a clear language. In first place, with 68%, is the career of women as a controversial factor. Second place is occupied by the household factor with 67%, work vs. private life is in third place with 50%.

How to plan your career

Despite or maybe because of the imponderables of personal and professional life: A bit of reasonable planning is advisable. Not only for the objective goals that you may have, but much more for the subjective framework - even if that may not be what is classically understood as "career planning".

Ideally, you should already know at the beginning of your professional career where you actually want to go. Not in concrete terms, but in principle:

  • With which Tasks and topics do you want to be busy in your work?
  • With which working conditions Do you feel comfortable?
  • How much room do you want to give the job in your life in principle?
  • Which role does money for her?
  • Which important things is there in your life as well - and is that before or after your career aspirations?
  • Which Beliefs do you have?
  • What motivated You what drives you?

Even if the objective goals change - your basic motivation has a better chance of constancy and should therefore be taken into account.

What if you still want to achieve “hard” goals? It has proven itself To roughly divide objective career goals into 5-year windows - So plan a partial step as a milestone every 5 years. Then, once a year, sit down and review your goals. Are you still behind it? Do you have to readjust?

Don't miss out on great opportunities because you want to stick to your plan too much. And remember that for very few people, money is really what makes them happy when other things are missing in life.



  1. Which of the following are important career goals and plans for you this year?
  2. What helps women in their careers?
  3. What are the reasons for giving up career aspirations?
  4. Where do you think there are conflicts between men and women?

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