Career planning is an ongoing process that can help you manage your learning and development. You can use the four step career plan shown below whether you are:
- At school
- An an adult adding on skills
- An adult changing your job or career.
Part 1: Self-assessment
The first step in planning your career is evaluating and understanding your aspirations, skills, interests, values and other influences. For an objective assessment, seek guidance from others such as a friend, manager or colleague as well. Through your self-assessment, you may identify skills you need to acquire or areas of knowledge you wish to develop.
Part 2: Explore possibilities
Research the development options and career pathways that are open and attractive to you.
Part 3: Develop a plan
Consider the suitability of each option and decide which one is the best match to your aspirations. Based on the choices you have made, and the development opportunities you have identified, write your career goal(s) and what is required to achieve each goal. Aim to make each goal as specific as you can.
Part 4: Make it happen
To achieve your goals you need to have a course of action, with a clear understanding of what steps you will be taking, the commitment needed and relevant timeframes.
Career planning process
Develop a plan
Make it happen