We’ve already discussed how to prep for a review, but how do you create a plan for your next career move, whether that be choosing a specialty or opening your own booth? At some point in time, we have all fantasized about having that “dream career.” Whether your dream is to work in a salon as a specialist, as a platform artist, or owning your own business, each of us has our own goal. The challenge isn’t the lack of having dreams, it's knowing how to turn those dreams into your reality.
There is only one thing that gets in our way of achieving our dreams: not having a plan. Have you ever wondered why some individuals achieve their dreams while others seem to sit on the sidelines and only fantasize? It's because we can’t just dream it and it will magically manifest. If you want your dream career to come true, then you need to take ownership of that dream. Simple right?
Planning your next career move can be executed successfully with a few steps.
#1: Identify your dream career or goal. Not sure what yours is? This quiz can help. Once you have identified it, write it down.
#2: Create small, measurable goals that will help you achieve your dream. First, consider what skills sets you need to qualify for that career. Do you have these skills already or do you need to learn them? Jot down the steps you'll take to master the skills you need to work on.
#3: Set a timeline for each of those goals. Hold yourself accountable, and check in to make sure you are on task. I like to set a measurable goal for myself ever two weeks, and once I have completed the goal, I check it off and move forward. Take your list of skills you need to work on and plan on when and how you'll learn them.
It is totally normal to feel overwhelmed at this point. More than likely you can visualize yourself in the “dream career” but, perhaps you aren't exactly sure what’s skill sets are needed or where you can go for the additional training that you might need. Let us help you with the planning process. Take this quick interactive quiz to help you set your plan into motion, and we'll recommend some action steps and suggest helpful tools that will help you reach your dreams faster.
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Breaking It Down
In this post, we learned that dreaming and wishing won't help us achieve our goals any faster: we need to plan for them. Here are two online classes that can help:
Goal Setting Basics Online ClassThis introductory course will take you from visioning and dream-building to setting SMART goals and balances.
Goal Setting Advanced Online ClassBuilding off our introductory course, this online class will show you how to plan for your career, find a job, and build your portfolio.
Patti Wanamaker brings 21 years of experience to the Milady team where she currently serves as an Implementation and Training Specialist. Her intimate understanding of the salon, school, and beauty industry comes from 18 years of hands-on experience as a multi-faceted training specialist, including 8 years of salon and spa ownership of 3 salons with annual sales of $5 million. Her experience in all 3 areas of our industry allows her to think outside the box and develop innovative training that inspires and empowers beauty industry professionals.
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