Steps to Career Planning

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Step Action

1 Conduct self-assessment. 
2 Explore careers that interest you.
3 Make decisions and set goals.
4 Create an action planner.
5 Manage your career. 
It is important to know your overall goal. Think about where you would like to be at the end of your career and set your plan to get there. The best way to ensure compatibility and balance in your life and career is to consider all aspects of your life from the beginning of your plan.


Once you have a sense of what you are trying to accomplish overall, it is important for you to establish your current status. A personal inventory can reveal your:

  • abilities
  • interests and
  • attitudes

The inventory will define your:

  • strengths and
  • weaknesses

Looking for a match between your strengths and the work you are doing or considering is the most important step before making any decisions. Assessing your personality and attitudes will help you determine the best way for you to move toward your goal:

  • What are your current skills and achievements?
  • What about knowledge and values?
  • How will your learning style impact your pursuit?
  • What are your interests?

When you are clear on these things, you will be able to make better choices about the direction you want your career to take - and do a better job of convincing prospective employers that you are the best choice!


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