step-up career coaching sample career map



  • Where do you want to be in three years, five years, seven years, ten years?
  • How do you intend to get there?



  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • What are your development opportunities?
  • What are some potential threats to achieving your career goals?
  • How will you approach these set-backs?
  • What are your key motivators?
  • What type of culture inspires you to do your personal best?
  • Who is your role model? Why that person?
  • What makes you stand out?
  • What have you done to be recognized for a promotion?
  • What else could you have done?



  • Continuing education – keep it current.
  • Make a list of individuals in your network who can help you achieve your goals. Why should they help you?
  • Make a list of individuals who can act as your advisory board. Why should they help you?
  • Join associations in your related field and attend meetings and conferences.
  • Become a speaker at meetings and conferences.
  • Lead a committee at meetings and conferences.
  • Identify projects that will increase your visibility and expertise.
  • If you received a recognition award, post that accolade on Linkedln.
  • Volunteer for a non-profit organization or community group.
  • Get nominated for one of the “Best” lists.
  • Be accessible to help colleagues.
  • Become a good story teller.
  • Remember names.



  • What is a realistic time-frame for a promotion?
  • How will you measure success?