CREATING A FIVE YEAR PLAN
MY FIVE YEAR PLAN
Designing your professional path and negotiations. Where would you like to be professionally in five years? What type of job would you like to have? You need to detail how you will keep that job, what the effects of the current trends in health will have on that job, how you will minimize the negative effects of trends and what you will do to maximize the possibility the job will remain viable. How will you need to involve yourself politically to optimize your contribution to the health care of patients and the profession of nursing?
HOW TO GET STARTED
How it began
The majority of nurses begin their original nursing career by being recruited by a local hospital where they go to school or where they plan to live after graduation. Rarely does the graduate need to attend numerous interview sessions, or present a portfolio, or be able to articulate their goals, their philosophy, or negotiate for salary or benefits to the level they will as graduates of an NP program. You will now need to develop a strategy for how to proceed with your professional career now that you are a nurse practitioner! In developing your plan and building your resume and portfolio use some of the strategies and exercises below to help you.
Your Bag of Skills
There are undoubtedly some things you do better than others. In some situations you may feel quite comfortable, while in others you hyperventilate and the flight of fight or flight reaction takes hold. Your strengths (and limitations!) are what make you unique.
As a new graduate you may be feeling you have nothing to offer your profession. Think again! Check off the skills you have. This is no time for modesty!
||__ Administering a program (ie new Moms and Babies, HIV, STI/Family Planning)
||__ Thinking of new ideas
||__ Assigning responsibilities
||__ Recruiting people
||__ Coordinating events
||__ Showing, explaining, planning
||__ Running meetings
||__ Managing organizations
||__ Negotiating contracts
||__ Organizing tasks
||__ Planning agendas
|__ Preparing materials
||__ Using computers
||__ Researching libraries
||__ Finding information
||__ Data Management
||__ Tracking information
||__ Remembering information
||__ Recording information
||__ Compiling statistics
||__ Analyzing data
||__ Editing a publication
||__ Evaluating a program
||__ Financial record keeping
||__ Budgeting money
||__ Collecting money
||__ Raising funds
||__ Listening to people
||__ Meeting the public
||__ Public Speaking
||__ Motivating people
||__ Organizing people
||__ Persuading others
||__ Counseling people
||__ Communicating with others
||__ Questioning others
||__ Giving out information
||__ Speaking a second language
||__ Giving advice or help
||__ Handling complaints
|__ Teaching a subject
||__ Repairing things
||__ Operating equipment
||__ Enduring long hours
||__ Ability to concentrate
||__ Tolerating interruptions
||__ Fine motor skills
Bag of skills developed by Jeanette Koshar PhD
Goal is to prepare yourself for the process after graduation: Write a feasible plan of action containing enough detail to guide your activities. The plan should include sequential steps, a time line, and some indication of the points at which the plan will be reviewed.
For those graduate students who have clearly made a career choice, a straight-line plan containing activities that all lead toward a single end point is appropriate.
For those graduate students who are not ready to settle upon a single career choice, a multiple plan consisting of two or more straight-line plans that are independent of each other is appropriate. The multiple plan starts with activities that are common preparation for all of your potential career options.
Purpose: Your plan is designed to help you navigate, in an efficient way, through the actions that are necessary to reach your goal.
In constructing your plan, start with an overall outline that specifies the beginning and end points, with the major intervening tasks listed in chronological order.
The tasks that are located in the distant future can be left somewhat general and vague, but the steps that are close to the present need to be broken down into detailed substeps.
Each substep should be placed on the timeline with an indication of its starting and ending dates, and the amount of time required to complete it. Don't forget to include, on your timeline, the points at which the plan will be reviewed.
Some Exercises to Get You Started
It is important to develop self-awareness so that you can clarify what you want and what you have to offer. Deciding what type of work you want to pursue requires knowledge and understanding of your interests, your values, what motivates you, and the skills you enjoy using the most. Ideally, you want a career that gives you a sense of purpose, expresses your talents and passions, and is consistent with your values.
Pride Exercise (modified from Schiebelbein, 2001 Director of Career Services at University of Alberta The authoritative guide for landing ..... Canadian Career & Employment Guide, 2001, Joan Schiebelbeinhttps://www.grad.ubc.ca/sites/default/files/materials/gps_pride_exercise.pdf)
Identify things that you have done in your life that are a source of real pride for you. Pick three to ten examples where you were a significant actor and where you truly enjoyed yourself in the process, and list these in the "Accomplishments" column. You do not have to limit yourself to work- or school-related achievements; also consider accomplishments from your volunteer and extracurricular activities and your personal life.
In the "Activities" column, list the things that you did that led to the accomplishment.
In the "Skills and Knowledge" column, list the skills that you had to use or develop in order to complete the activities described in the "Activities" column. This third column provides an inventory of your skills.
Take particular note of the skills used in more than one of your accomplishments. These represent your strengths.
Also take note of the skills and knowledge that you enjoy using the most and that you would like to use in your future work.
Finally, reflect upon what excited you about the accomplishments you have listed? Your sources of excitement give you insight into your interests and values. Make notes about the interests and values that are reflected in your accomplishments.
It is sometimes useful to verify your self-understanding with others who know you well. Share the strengths, interests and values that you have identified, and ask your friends and relatives, "Do these seem descriptive of me from your perspective?" You can also expand your list of strengths by asking these people what they would identify as your particular talents.
Exercise: Career on a Napkin
Consider the exercise below like an open napkin with equal quarters and fill in the areas as directed.
|Dont Like and don't do Well
||Dont Like but good at doing
|Enjoy but have learning needs
||Enjoy and are good at doing
Consider your Nursing career up to now, participation in graduate education, previous jobs, sports teams, community work, and etc., and make a list of all of the tasks that you have undertaken in these contexts.
Plot each task in the appropriate quadrant.
The tasks that you neither like nor do well should probably be avoided to the extent possible.
The tasks that you dislike but are good at can be a source of fruitless distraction.
The tasks that you enjoy, but are for which you are not particularly skilled, suggest learning needs. These are the tasks around which you may wish to seek further training and practice.
- Finally, the tasks that you both like and do well are likely to be a source of real contentment and joy. These tasks will provide a focus for your career choices; you will want to look for career options that emphasize these kinds of tasks.
In exploring career alternatives, there are a number of sources of useful information, including:
Scholarly associations. Recently, many scholarly associations have started to provide information on alternative careers for its degree-holders. Such resources are often available via the associations' web sites. Some web sites provide opportunities to ask questions or discuss career-related issues via e-mail or "chat rooms."
Career workshops at professional meetings. Some associations hire consultants to speak about alternative careers.
Throughout the process of generating alternatives, it is a good idea to read over the list occasionally. Imagine yourself living each option and reflect on the positive aspects of each. This has the effect of making the most unusual options seem familiar to you so that they will not be rejected simply because they feel strange.
Desired Outcomes Exercise
Purpose: Yost and Corbishley (1987) Career Counseling: A Psychological Approach. Jossey-Bass. ISBN 13: 9781555424206
Suggest that you look at each career options you have investigated, and formulate answers to the following questions:
Of what benefit would this choice be to me?
What price would I have to pay in order to have this choice?
How likely is it that I could actually get this choice, given my constraints and assets?
How does this option compare with the others?
Pros and Cons Exercise (from Yost & Corbishley, 1987)
Create a separate Pros and Cons Table for each career option under consideration. At the top of each table, write the career option being considered in that table.
Determine appropriate time limits for short-term and long-term. For example, you may decide that short-term means "within the first 5 years after graduating with your MS or DNP." and long-term means "by your 60th birthday."
Fill in each quadrant with a list of the advantages or disadvantages to be achieved in the short- or long-term. Try to list something in every quadrant.
Keep in mind as You Seek Information
Seek information and advice from others, but try not to be overly influenced by what they think is best for you. Whenever you seek advice, remember that it should take a secondary seat to what your own information and instincts suggest. After listening to lots of people, do what you think is right.
According to a University of Michigan survey of 500 U. S. employers, the most sought-after skills include:
- Ability to get things done
- Common sense
- Well-developed work habits
- Interpersonal skills
- Motivation to achieve
- Oral-communication skills
- Problem-solving abilities
These desirable skills look very much like a list of academic capabilities.
According to Howard Figler, author of The Complete Job Search Handbook, the 10 hottest transferable skills (i.e., skills that can be generalizable or valuable in many jobs and settings) are:
- Budget management
- Public relations
- Coping with deadline pressure
These are skills that you probably have the opportunity to develop in your graduate education, and the trick is to make the most of these opportunities and then recast them in a way that makes clear their relevance to a potential employer in a non-academic environment. For example, through the process of writing a dissertation one develops or improves managerial capabilities, including defining and executing a vision, assembling and organizing resources, and time management. Once you know what skills you will need to use in your desired occupation(s) [and need to demonstrate in order to break into those occupation(s)], you will be in a position to develop a strategic plan for acquiring or building the necessary skills and experiences.
The Five-Step Plan for Creating Personal Mission Statements
by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D. http://www.quintcareers.com/web_master.html retrieved 1/6/2015
A large percentage of companies, including most of the Fortune 500, have corporate mission statements. Mission statements are designed to provide direction and thrust to an organization, an enduring statement of purpose. A mission statement acts as an invisible hand that guides the people in the organization. A mission statement explains the organization's reason for being, and answers the question, "What business are we in?"
A personal mission statement is a bit different from a company mission statement, but the fundamental principles are the same. Writing a personal mission statement offers the opportunity to establish what's important and perhaps make a decision to stick to it before we even start a career. Or it enables us to chart a new course when we're at a career crossroads. Steven Covey (in First Things First) refers to developing a mission statement as "connecting with your own unique purpose and the profound satisfaction that comes from fulfilling it."
A personal mission statement helps job-seekers identify their core values and beliefs. Michael Goodman (in The Potato Chip Difference: How to Apply Leading Edge Marketing Strategies to Landing the Job You Want) states that a personal mission statement is "an articulation of what you're all about and what success looks like to you." A personal mission statement also allows job-seekers to identify companies that have similar values and beliefs and helps them better assess the costs and benefits of any new career opportunity.
The biggest problem most job-seekers face is not in wanting to have a personal mission statement, but actually writing it. So, to help you get started on your personal mission statement, here is a five-step mission-building process. Take as much time on each step as you need -- and remember to dig deeply to develop a mission statement that is both authentic and honest. And to help you better see the process, we've included an example of one job-seeker's process in developing her mission statement.
Steps Toward Personal Mission Statement Development
Step 1: Identify Past Successes. Spend some time identifying four or five examples where you have had personal success in recent years. These successes could be at work, in your community, at home, etc. Write them down.
Try to identify whether there is a common theme -- or themes -- to these examples. Write them down.
Step 2: Identify Core Values. Develop a list of attributes that you believe identify who you are and what your priorities are. The list can be as long as you need. Once your list is complete, see if you can narrow your values to five or six most important values.
Finally, see if you can choose the one value that is most important to you.
Step 3: Identify Contributions. Make a list of the ways you could make a difference. In an ideal situation, how could you contribute best to:
- The world in general
- Your family
- Your employer or future employers
- Your friends
- Your community
Step 4: Identify Goals. Spend some time thinking about your priorities in life and the goals you have for yourself.
Make a list of your personal goals, perhaps in the short-term (up to three years) and the long-term (beyond three years).
Step 5: Write Mission Statement. Based on the first four steps and a better understanding of yourself, begin writing your personal mission statement.
Sample Personal Mission Statement Development
1. Past Success
- Developed new product features for stagnant product
- Part of team that developed new positioning statement for product
- Helped child's school with fundraiser that was wildly successful
- Increased turnout for the opening of a new local theater company
- Chair of Hospital Ethics committee that developed new process for IRB/Human Subjects research.
- On implementation team of EMR for clinic/unit prior to launch for facility
Themes: Successes all relate to creative problem solving and execution of a solution.
2. Core Values
Most important values:
Most important value:
3. Identify Contributions
The world in general: Develop products and services that help people achieve what they want in life. To have a lasting impact on the way people live their lives.
My family: To be a leader in terms of personal outlook, compassion for others, and maintaining an ethical code; to be a good mother and a loving wife; to leave the world a better place for my children and their children.
My employer or future employers: To lead by example and demonstrate how innovative and problem-solving products can be both successful in terms of solving a problem and successful in terms of profitability and revenue generation for the organization.
My friends: To always have a hand held out for my friends; for them to know they can always come to me with any problem.
My community: To use my talents in such a way as to give back to my community.
4. Identify Goals
Short-term: To continue my career with a progressive employer that allows me to use my skills, talent, and values to achieve success for the firm.
Long-term: To develop other outlets for my talents and develop a longer-term plan for diversifying my life and achieving both professional and personal success.
5. Mission Statement
To live life completely, honestly, and compassionately, with a healthy dose of realism mixed with the imagination and dreams that all things are possible if one sets his/her mind to finding an answer.
A personal mission statement, is of course personal
but if you want to truly see whether you have been honest in developing your personal mission statement, I suggest sharing the results of this process with one or more people who are close to you. Ask for their feedback.
Finally, remember that a mission statement is not meant to be written once and blasted into stone. You should set aside some time annually to review your career, job, goals, and mission statement -- and make adjustments as necessary.
And for more ideas on creating a personal mission statement, read one of our other articles, Using a Personal Mission Statement to Chart Your Career Course, which includes links to other mission-building exercises.
You should also consider reading some of these sample mission statements... they may help inspire you.
Questions about some of the terminology used in this article? Get more information (definitions and links) on key college, career, and job-search terms by going to our Job-Seeker's Glossary of Job-Hunting Terms.
Dr. Randall Hansen is currently Webmaster of Quintessential Careers, as well as publisher of its electronic newsletter, QuintZine. He writes a biweekly career advice column under the name, The Career Doctor. He is also a tenured, associate professor of marketing in the School of Business Administration at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. He is a published career expert -- and has been for the last ten years. He is co-author, with Katharine Hansen, of Dynamic Cover Letters. And he has been an employer and consultant dealing with hiring and firing decisions for the past fifteen years. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workplans to generate ideas
The point is, in the big picture, no one is going to look after your career for you, but you!
Words from Experience: A few years ago, I was given the assignment to work on a five-year career plan. I had never created a career plan before (not even to plot out goals for the coming year), so I was completely unprepared for how and why I should do this. Luckily, my mentor shared her own plan as a guide, but I still agonized through the exercise. Over time I have become aware of how important this was for me to do. Looking and assessing where I was at the time, really thinking about what I wanted to be doing in the future, gave me the tools to make the right decisions to make things happen.
After I was done, I realized that most of what I put down for a five-year plan could be done in a year. But it took writing it down to see that and to make it happen. This also was a good tool for working with my boss to craft training and work opportunities for me to meet my goals. I also made sure that these goals included life and personal goals as well as career goals. The older I get the more I realize that these are intertwined and success in one space brings success to others. Work/Life balance matters.
In an effort to make this anecdote meaningful to you, I'd like to share the steps and some resources I used to help me prepare my five-year goals.
1. Your Name
2. Today's Date
This is important as you reflect back on this document. This will become a touchstone for your growth and a reminder of who you were as you look back at what was important to you in this point in time.
3. 3-6 Months
- Start small.
- Think about short-term goals that are easily achieved but will also help move you towards the longer-term goals.
- Include some tangible goals (i.e., ship a product that I acted as lead designer for).
4. 6-12 Months
- Start thinking bigger here-this is planning for a year out.
- What new skills do you want to learn?
- What new ideas do you want to share with others?
- What changes do you want to make? Put them down here along with the steps needed to take to make them happen.
5. Beyond 12 Months
- Capture specific plans that you know may take more than a year to get to or accomplish. For me, it was to work on my Dr. Leslie book. I discussed the idea with a writing partner 3 years ago, but it is only now coming to fruition with an actual proposal in hand and a potential publisher.
- Be realistic but not afraid to reach. Visualize success in areas you may have little control over. Don't be afraid to write down a desired goal that may be a stretch.
6. Longer-term Goals
- This is the area to think out for the next 3-5 years, including life beyond the company or situation you are currently in. For me, I listed "teaching again" as a goal. This reminds me that I want to do this and I need to make certain decisions and changes in order to make it happen. If I decide at a later time, that I don't really want to do this, I should remove it off the plan.
7. Opportunities to Explore at Your Company
- List all the training and coaching opportunities relevant and currently available at your company.
- Note relationships that need to be cultivated at your company in order to meet success.
- Note: This obviously may not apply if you are an independent consultant. Think about other opportunities that might be available through professional associations and networking instead.
8. Skills to Develop
- Project what skills you need to develop to reach the goals you listed in the first part of this exercise.
- What other skills do you need, besides the ones you have now, to attain your goal?
- Since I am a manager and this is the area in which I have been growing, I listed things such as Confidence and Effectiveness-along with ideas on how to master these more intangible skills.
- Over the last couple of years, I have purposely put myself into situations to gain confidence-especially when giving presentations. Think about starting slow and building on your successes.
- In addition, I also listed skills of associated/allied roles that I would like to learn in order to make myself a more well-rounded and effective manager in my company.
9. What I Care About in a Work Environment
- This may seem frivolous or not important to the task at hand, but it serves to remind you of the values you need to share with the company you work for. As you grow or the company changes this can help guide you when you need to make a change.
10. Personal Goals
- Don't forget the personal goals that you need to weave into your life. It never hurts to write these down as a reminder of work/life balance and of the things that are really important to you as a person.
You can use the finished plan as a tool when working on performance goals with your boss. Letting her know what you want out of the job is as important as your manager being clear on what is expected of you. Reminding her regularly of your goals is also important, as we tend to fall into patterns of behavior that may not be best for our long-term career plans.
I pull my career plan out periodically to check off what I have accomplished, and have begun adding to the long-term section. I see how I have grown and what areas I still need to work on in order to reach the goals I have set. I can also see that some things that were important to me three years ago are no longer important, and that there are new areas of growth I am cultivating.
The point of this exercise is to come up with a realistic plan within the framework of your interests and career path. The list should be visited regularly and modified as you reach goals or when goals are no longer important to you. The plan should help you shape a vision towards reaching a future destination and remind you that success does not happen by chance.
Take this personal test to find out who and what you respond to. I couldn't believe how right on it was for me.
Another good self discovery message and site:
Ian Christie is cofounder of Monster partner Dreamsheet.com, a coaching service focused on helping you accelerate your job search and career to create the future you want. Join a group for biweekly coaching calls or work one-on-one with your very own coach. To learn more, sign up or take a free self-assessment, visit Monster Coaching site below.
Great site worth using for interview practice and resume for week 5 and 6
Wow: Very comprehensive document on establishing and maintaining a nursing career
Portfolio: Just as a graphic artist carries samples of work to show prospective employers, a portfolio for an advanced practice nurse contains tools and examples of work necessary to obtain employment. Included in this portfolio should be your resume, a sample of a cover letter, and references. You should also include an example of process protocols you have written and a paper that exemplifies the quality of written work you are capable of such as a well done paper or a publication. Basics such as a copy of your RN license, certification, CPR card, vaccination records, a copy of your malpractice insurance, your graduate transcripts and documentation of application for state licensure as a nurse practitioner and a furnishing license are also part of a complete portfolio.
Here are the makings of a competitive portfolio for the FNP:
- Resume is professionally presented and in a logical format
- Cover letter is informative and interesting
- References that makes a positive statement about previous experience
- Sample of Academic Work: (A class paper or publication): Optional
- Is a representation of quality, professional work.
Sample of Process Protocols
- Professional Credentials: Licenses and certifications, immunization records, evidence of malpractice insurance, graduate transcripts:
- Application for State licensure:
- Presentation of Portfolio: (Neatness, accuracy, organization, grammar and spelling)
Like other professionals, teachers [And Nurses] need evidence of their growth and achievement over time. The professional portfolio is a vehicle for collecting and presenting that evidence. For many of us, it's just practicing what we preach. We encourage our students to select examples of their work over time to demonstrate how much they've learned, and we must do the same.
Portfolios allow us to become reflective about what it is we do. And they allow us to document the practices we'd like to preserve and even pass on to others.
"Portfolios have much to offer the teaching profession," writes Dr. Kenneth Wolf, of the University of Colorado. "When teachers carefully examine their own practices, those practices are likely to improve. The examples of accomplished practice that portfolios provide also can be studied and adapted for use in other classrooms." And it's more than just a good idea. In many places, teachers and administrators must now renew their professional licenses (http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/mar96/vol53/num06/Developing-an-Effective-Teaching-Portfolio.aspx Retrieved WWW 1/6/2015). We can keep a record of our accomplishments that we can then refer to when it is time to go through your National recertification with AANP or ANCC.
Although portfolios vary in form and content, depending upon their purpose, Wolf points out that "most contain some combination of teaching artifacts and written reflections. These are the heart of the portfolio."
Further, the artifacts, whether lesson plans, student work samples, or a parent newsletter, must be accompanied with written explanations. For example, what is the purpose of the parent newsletter? What did you and the students learn from the school survey you had them conduct? Be specific and be reflective. It's the intent and thoughtful evaluation that the artifacts should reveal.
Wolf also suggests that each artifact be accompanied by a brief, identifying caption. Include, for example:
- Title of the artifact
- Date produced
- Description of the context
- Purpose, evaluation, or other types of comments
Kenneth P. Wolf, PhD, has been the Director of Assessment at the University of Colorado Denver since 2005 is Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado at Denver. He can be reached at 5579 Mesa Top Ct., Boulder, CO 80301 (e-mail: Kenneth_Wolf@Together.CUDenver.edu).
A professional teaching [Nursing] portfolio can be created and presented in many ways. No matter which approach you take, however, the following tips from Kenneth Wolf should help:
- Explain your educational philosophy and teaching goals.
- Choose specific features of your instructional program to document.
- Collect a wide range of artifacts, and date and annotate them so you have the information you need when making your final selections.
- Keep a journal to draw upon for written reflections on your teaching.
- Collaborate with a mentor and other colleagues (preferably, those experienced in both teaching and portfolio construction). Meet regularly with colleagues to discuss your portfolio.
- Assemble the portfolio in an easily accessible form. The loose-leaf notebook works well, although electronic portfolios may be the wave of the future.
- Assess the portfolio. You and your colleagues can assess the portfolio informally, or you can have it formally scored by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
What to Include
- A copy of your résumé
- An official copy of your transcript
- A fact sheet, in list form, that displays your skills and what you like to do
- A list of experiences that do not fit into your résumé
- Certificates of awards and honors; special certifications for special training
- A program from an event you planned or in which you participated as part of a class project or campus organization
- A list of conferences and workshops you have attended and a description of each
- Samples of your writing
- Documentation of technical or computer skills
- Letters of commendation or thanks
- Letters of nomination to honors and academic organizations
- Newspaper articles that address some achievement
- Internship or co-op summary report
If you are seeking a teaching position you may want to add
- Student teaching evaluation materials
- Sample lesson plans
- A videotape of your teaching
- Sample syllabi
- Pictures of bulletin boards you designed
- Teaching tools you have created
- Information about a field trip or other event you organized
- Pictures of yourself working with students
Reading for Module 2 see the reading required in Readings & Links on N562 home page
YOur Weekly Homework assignment Module 2: In one paragraph post in Moodle Module II.
This part is an individual Assignment post in Moodle discussion
- What is your "desired" job/position - how will you keep this in focus if it is not realized immediately on graduation?
- What will you do to keep learning new things?
- How will you incorporate research into your practice?
- Discuss your philosophical beliefs your NP Role.
Note your Module II Course Assignment Can be done in twos or threes due 11:55pm 2/17/1015
Please note that the Resume/Interview is a combined assingment Follow the directions and ideas for the resume offered in the content. Post in the Resume area in Moodle and respond to your Buddy's resume with constructive critique as appropriate. Interview each other based on resume posted and then post response in the Moodle discussion.www.pampetty.com/profportfolio.htm
First develop your resume post it and then have your partner/s critique it.
The resume follows the criteria as outlined in the content or a similar format, is without grammar or spelling errors, easy to read. Covers all major areas with dates and locations as appropriate (Objective, Certifications, Professional Experiences, Professional affiliations, other related information, references) MAX is TWO PAGES
Critique your Buddy's resume once it is posted and post critique in Moodle. Prepare 5 pertinent interview questions based on the resume of your Buddy that you feel should be asked in relation to the resume
A successful graduate