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The Career Planning Process


Where are YOU in this process?

Δ  Self Exploration

It starts with you! Who are you? What do you want? What do you want to become? Think about your personality style, natural strengths and talents, interests, skills, and values. What career fields might fit you?

Δ  Exploration of the World of Work

What is there to do out there in the world of work? Investigate various career fields before narrowing your options.

Δ  The Career Connection

Some careers will match your personal profile and preferences better than others. Career assessment results will provide recommendations and clues about occupations that might fit you best.

Δ  Career Exploration

Once you’ve narrowed down your choices and identified career fields that might suit you, investigate them closely. To gather information about career fields that are you are considering:

  • Go to the Career Center.
  • Interview people who work in fields that are of special interest to you.
  • Take exploratory classes related to your area of interest.
  • Read professional and trade journals in the field.
  • Surf the Internet for information about the career.
  • Job shadow. Find someone in your field who will let you observe them during a typical day or week.
  • Volunteer, serve an internship or work part-time in your prospective field.

Δ  Decision-Making

Choose an initial direction and prepare yourself. Use a decision-making strategy that will help you weigh the facts, think about pro’s and con’s and reach a thoughtful career choice that will satisfy both your head and your heart. Decide what steps you will take, both short and long-term, to reach your career goal. What education or training will you need to prepare for you career? What colleges or programs offer the preparation you need?

Δ  Preparation

Complete the college programs or training that you will need to prepare for you future career.

Δ  Job Hunting

Learn how to conduct a successful job search. Research employers in your field – who are they, where are they located, what kind of employees do they want? Prepare your resume and cover letter. Practice and prepare for job interviews with employers.

Δ  Career Success

Continue to learn and gain the knowledge, skills and experience that you will need to be effective in your profession. Continue to develop your interpersonal skills so that you can communicate and work productively with your supervisors, co-workers and/or staff. Remember, career planning is a lifelong process. You may change careers fields a number of times during your life. Be prepared to go through this process again and again.

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Last updated: 8/5/2011 9:04:13 AM