The Career Planning Process

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4 Steps to Choosing a Career
Choosing a career is a big deal for you all. There is more to you than deciding what you all need to do to live a good life. When you think about how much time you’ll spend working for yourself, you’ll get a clearer picture of why this career decision is such a big deal. About 71% are expected to be on the job every year.

Career Planning Process
Career Planning Process

Key Takeaways

  • When deciding what you want to do as your career, there are four important steps you can take to ensure you have a good-fit career.
  • Getting to know more about yourself will go a long way in determining what you want in your career and what you need from the job, and while exploring the different options, you can find yourself in the potential roles and industries you are in and can do trial runs.

As you can see, your career is a big part of your life and a lot of time will be spent on furthering your career, so you definitely don’t want to underestimate the importance of choosing a great career that is suitable for you. There are some very important things you should consider in making this personal decision of yours. In order to increase your chances of finding a satisfactory very good career, it is well suggested that you follow the four general steps below:

 Step 1. Choose Everything You Want in a Career

During this first step, you can and will use a variety of tools to collect more information about yourself if you wish. You know about yourself:

  • Your interests are the things you enjoy doing the most.
  • Your work-related values: Your thoughts and beliefs are most important to you and guide your actions in your career.
  • Your social or personality traits, motivations, strengths and weaknesses, and attitudes, as well as your personality type 
  • Your Ability: You have a natural talent or ability learned through training and education.
  • Your Preferred Work Environments: The types of workplaces you love the most. For example, such as indoors or outdoors, in offices or factories, and noisy or quiet
  • Your developmental needs: Your cognitive abilities affect the type of training or education you can complete and the type of work you can do.
  • Your reality and your circumstances may affect your ability to train for a good business or work in it.

Note: You will identify career interests you have during your self-assessment that may be a great fit for you, but you will need a lot more information before you can make a final decision. Step two will help you do better.

Step 2. Career Exploration

Your search for a good career focuses on learning a lot about occupations that seem like a great fit based on the results of your self-assessment and any other occupations that interest you. online to get your job description also use print resources, learn about specific job duties and gather more information on the labor market, including a good average salary and your job outlook. (You also see: Employability Skills Listed By Job For You.)

After you’ve completed this initial research, you can now begin to eliminate businesses you don’t like and learn more about those you do. You find this is an ideal time to conduct an informative interview and arrange for job hunting opportunities with you now. During an informational interview, you will now ask people who work in a profession that interests you about their jobs. Your job shadowing involves following someone on the job so that you can learn more about what they do.

Step 3. Match With a Job

Finally, it’s time to make a good match. Based on what you have learned during phases three, one, and two, you will decide which is the best occupation for you.

  • Identify the business you are most interested in and one or two options on which to back down if, for whatever reason, you are unable to pursue your first choice.
  • You should consider very seriously how you will prepare to enter your chosen career, the costs associated with your education and training, and whether you will face any obstacles you may face during phase one. There are realities discussed.
  • If you find that you need to further explore your options before you can make your decision, go back to step two.

Once you have chosen a career, then you can move on to the fourth step, which will lead you to the first job in your new career.

Step 4. Create a Career Action Plan

During this step, you will now write a career action plan for yourself. This will serve as a very good guide to achieving your ultimate goal of getting the job in your career that you considered a good match during step three.

Important: Identity what short-term and long-term goals are required to achieve the ultimate result.

You should start investigating appropriate education and training programs now, for example, such as colleges and graduate schools, or apprenticeship programs. Then start preparing for the entrance exams you need or apply for admission.

If you’re ready to find a good job, develop a job search strategy. Then identify and know your potential employers. Write your best resume and cover letter. Then you start preparing for the job interview.

Additional Information Regarding Career Planning

It is very important for you to note that your career planning process is never-ending. And at different points in your career, you can get additional training or designations, which can help you a lot in furthering your goals. And in some cases, your career may take a turn or you may choose to redefine yourself and your goals. And whatever stage of your career you are in, taking the time to plan will help keep you more focused and on a goal-oriented path.

You can now attempt to go through the career planning process on your own, or you can work with a career development professional who will help make your journey more convenient. Then working with a mentor or career development professional can be a great way to better understand the work involved in your chosen career and to learn about new opportunities for you that you may not have been aware of in your industry. It will happen. 

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