Many of us are great at carrying out work or individual projects from start to finish -- the whole shebang. For our life-long careers and dreams, however, we're less likely to have a plan with concrete milestones and steps in place. Mapping out where you want to go with your career, however, could help you achieve greater success.
IT Business Edge provides a project guide for creating a career development plan. Although it's geared towards IT professionals, the concepts and tools are applicable to most careers. For example, the four phases of this career plan include: self-reflection (figure out your strengths and attributes), develop your career plan (visualise where you want to go), implement your plan, and establish your credibility.
The project guide contains flowcharts and checklists downloads (in Word) to help you think through these steps. (You'll need to register to download the tools, but it's free.)
IT Career Development Plan [IT Business Edge]