Your Career Blueprint: Design Your Strategy to Get Ahead

Mary Despe
3 min readOct 14, 2022
Working professionals standing at a table, looking at a blueprint and other documents on a table. A female professional with long hair is pointing to the blueprint, with her colleagues looking on and pointing.
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When it comes to careers, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. What works for one person may not work for another.

The most important thing is to identify what you need to do to get ahead.

Do you need to update your skills?
Create a new portfolio of work?
Focus on your performance?
Build your network?

Or… all of the above?! 🤷🏽‍♀️

No matter where you are in your career, it’s important to continuously assess and update your blueprint for advancement. By doing so, you’ll increase your chances of success and be one step closer to achieving your goals.

Your Career Blueprint: Think “Y3P”!

So… what are the four areas of a career blueprint?

I like to call it “Y3P” — Here’s a quick recap!

1. You

The first area is you. To advance your career, you need to take a good hard look at yourself. What are your strengths and weaknesses? What experiences have shaped the course of your professional destiny? How do your co-workers, managers, and other colleagues see you? An honest self-assessment of your professional self serves as the foundation of understanding your personal brand.

2. Portfolio

Your portfolio is a collection of your work. Most people have the essential components for career advancement, such as a resume and LinkedIn profile. However, consider your portfolio to represent the best examples in your body of work. Yes, it can include excerpts of the projects you’ve only worked on, but more importantly — your portfolio should show you at your best, such as making an outstanding contribution or result. If you’re looking to advance your career, it’s important to make sure your portfolio is up-to-date and provides compelling support for the narrative you want to tell about where you want to go professionally.

3. Performance

For many, performance relates to how well you do your job. Are you meeting or exceeding expectations? Do you have a good track record? However, performance also embodies the mindset of constant learning…

Mary Despe

Mary Despe is a Hawaii-based recruiter & career coach. Golf, Dogs, Aloha… everyday.