Your Career Plan
One way to remove uncertainty about your future is by developing a career plan. It outlines the steps you need to reach your goal.
Steps to developing a career plan:
- Identify your job interests- What do you like to do? Evaluate what you like, what you find challenging, and what you may have learned from your experiences.
- Identify jobs available to you- Find out about the jobs available in your career field. If you don’t research, you may not know about occupations that fit your interest and skills.
- Determine how to make it happen-Create an action plan. Once you have determined the path you want to follow, asses what you need to do to prepare for it.
- Evaluate yourself – What kinds of job interests do you have? What are you good at? What are your strongest skills? What is important to you? This will guide you in your job search and help you market yourself.
a) Know what you want
- Do you want a full- or part-time job?
- What shift do you want to work?
- How far are you willing to travel?
- What work environment do you prefer?
- How much do you want to earn?
b) Know what you like
- Do you like to work with people?
- Do you prefer to work as a team or independently?
- Do you like numbers?
- Do you like to be creative?
- Do you like to work with computers, tools, machines, etc.?
c) Know your skills
- We all have many skills but it is important to know how to categorize your skills to employers.
- What are your transferable skills? Examples are problem solving, written communication, organization, motivation, etc.
- What are your job-related skills? Examples include proficiency with computer programs, customer service, etc.
- What are your personal skills? Examples include punctual, honest, loyal, dependable, etc.
By developing a career plan, you can focus on what you want to do and how to get there. This will help you to have a better understanding of your skills and experiences to present to potential employers.