Career Planning

Career planning is a dynamic process.

Career planning is a lifelong journey, and the cycle repeats over and over again. Every journey has its unexpected turns, happiness, hardship, disappointments, exhilaration. As you make occupational choices, things may happen to change your plans. Prepare for the good and the bad along your journey and consider the importance of having a backup plan.

career planningYou don’t need to worry about making one big career decision that you will have to live with for the rest of your life. You just need to find an occupation that fits your skills,interests, values and beliefs right now. As you journey through life you will continue to evaluate and adjust your career plan in response to external factors such as changes in the workplace, and internal factors like a shift in your interests or a change in life circumstances. All the while, you will be creating the life you want to live.

What are the steps?

Career planning is a continuous cycle that includes four steps

  1. knowing yourself
  2. exploring possibilities
  3. making a choice
  4. making it happen

Planning a career is a bit like planning a trip. After all, life is a journey and if you take it step by step, it will be enjoyable and memorable. In developing a career plan, here are the steps you’ll need to take over and over again. Each time, you’ll have more life lessons and experience you can put to work for you.

1. Knowing Yourself

Find out your interests, values, beliefs, personality, skills, assets and resources. Who are you? What is important to you? What are you good at? What do you like to do, and how do you like to learn? What do you really want in your life?

2. Explore Possibilities

Research various occupations and try things out before you narrow your choices. Armed with the information you have gathered about yourself, make a list of the options that are the best fit for you.

3. Make A Choice

Develop a plan and set career goals that will take you where you want to go. This is a critical step in the career planning process. You will need to create your own personal vision of a meaningful and satisfying future. Identify goals to create your desired future and think about what you’ll need to do to move forward. Keep in mind that you don’t have to focus on a specific occupation: just focus on a general career direction.

4. Make It Happen

Put your plan into action. Identify the requirements for working in your chosen career. You’ll learn along the way as you work towards your goals.

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