6 Steps for Creating a Career Plan
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Carefully evaluate your individual strengths, lifestyle preferences, passions, work style, and financial needs.
Know both who you are as a person and who you desire to become as a professional. Take a careful inventory of your current career values, interests, skills, and personal qualities.
Internships and part-time jobs are an excellent way to sample a field of interest.
They provide the opportunity to perform some of the job functions, observe others work, and evaluate the “real world” workplace environment.
Most people engaged in an active job search will be involved with activities such as professional networking, identifying prospective employers, writing cover letters and resumes, and interviewing.
And finally, you will be offered a job and accept employment.
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Keep a journal of your daily reactions to your job situation and look for recurring themes.
Which aspects of your current job do you like and dislike? Are your dissatisfaction...
Review past successful roles, volunteer work, projects and jobs to identify preferred activities and skills.
Determine whether your core values and skills are addressed through your current career.
Brainstorm ideas for career alternatives by researching career options, and discussing your core values and skills with friends, family, and networking contacts.
If you’re having difficulty coming up with ideas, consider meeting with a career counselor for professional advice.
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Begin by thinking about where you are now, where you want to be and how you're going to get there.
Work on getting to know your skills, interests and values.
Explore jobs that interest you and ask yourself how do my skills and interests match up with these jobs?
You will now have a list of preferred jobs and/or learning options.
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Career plans should leverage your assets, set you in direction of your aspirations, and account for the market realities.
A person with a foundation of knowledge and skills will make more money and most likely live a more meaningful life.
There’s a similar belief in start-ups: technology companies focus on learning over profitability in the early years to maximize revenue in the later years.
Prioritize plans that offer the best chance at learning about yourself and the world. Ask yourself, “Which plan offers the most learning potential?”
Any entrepreneur (and any expert on cognition / learning) will tell you that practical knowledge is best developed by doing, not just thinking or planning.
For careers, too, you don’t know what the best plan is until you try.
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