Individual Career Development Plan
Developing a five-year plan was very tedious and challenging for me because I never thought about it. I knew from being in the military; I wanted to complete 20 plus years of service and then retire. I have been in the Army for 12 years and I have approximately eight years to go before I complete 20 years of service. I am a Criminal Investigator in the Army which is a 24/7 job. Within the next five years, I foresee myself being the Special Agent-in-Charge (SAC) of my own office, managing both enlisted Soldiers and civilians. My objectives are to perform at a high level and set the example for my subordinates and peers. Also, meet with senior supporting officers on the installation and conduct key leadership engagement to deter crime within the military community. I would measure my objectives on the decrease in crime rate within the military installation/community and my working relationship with senior leaders. Since my job is 24/7, I have to be flexible and maintain good time management skills. Teleworking from home is not an option for me so, I have to be totally organized to juggle both home and work duties. Managing my time is imperative because I have to remain productive throughout the course of the day. In addition, managing my time allows me to plan the hours and days when I can leave work behind for family time or “me” time. Learning to manage both my work/life enables me to manage my obligations and interest as well. One thing that I have learned is balancing work and life is an on-going process. In order to deal with the chaos of my goals and struggles, which are constantly changing, I have to put everything into perspective and remain flexible. Being an innovative thinker and being vision driven will allow me to succeed and meet my career goal within the next five-years and allow me to have a personal life as well. The trends in the workplace that could affect my plans are the long deployments to...
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