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Career Planning

What is career planning ?

Glimpse of career planning process
How important is career planning Career
planning done by : Individuals
Organization of talk.

What is career??
Job vs. Career

What can I do now to make money?
Chosen Profession for your life. Requires a willingness to get the training needed
to build your skills for the future.
A career is the work a person does. It is the sequence of jobs that an individual
has held throughout his or her working life E.g. occupation of nursing.

Career planning whats that??

Career planning consists of activities and actions that you take to achieve your
individual career goals

Deeper insight
It is the life- long process a person goes through to learn about himself such
Develop a self- concept, learn about careers, and work situations
Make a career choice, while developing and coping social skills

Career planning : An ongoing process
Here You
Explore your interests and abilities
Strategically plan your career goals
Create your future work success by designing learning and action plans to help you
achieve your goals.
The major focus is matching personal goals and opportunities that are realistically
Career planning is building bridges from ones current job/career to next job/career.
Well-conceived career plan is flexible to accommodate changing opportunities for
How important is career planning?
People leave an organization due to lack of career growth
Deeper focus on an employees aims and aspirations
Degree of clarity
Helps in identifying handicaps & the blind spots to overcome
Significant motivator
Key retention tool
Critical human resource strategy
The major focus is matching personal goals and opportunities that are
realistically available.
Career planning is building bridges from ones current job/career to next
Well-conceived career plan is flexible to accommodate changing opportunities for
Whose responsible for planning ones career??

Individual Organization

Win-Win situationfor all

Job Search
Self Assessment
Academic /
Career Option
Relevant / Practical
Individual career
planning process
1. Self- Assessment

Aware of the interrelationship between self
and occupational choice
Start by:
Learning interests, abilities, skills, and
work values
Listing accomplishmentsUnderstanding
physical and psychological needs
Assessing aspirations and motivation level
Deciphering personal traits and
Personality Interests Abilities Values

Interest Abilities
Personality Values
Competency Areas
Gain self-awareness
Improve self-confidence
Understand time and stress management
Develop personal/professional management skills
Strategies For Gaining Competencies
Take exploratory classes
Identify personality style
Identify work values
Demonstrate skills in overcoming self-defeating behaviours
Identify symptoms of stress
2. Academic / Career options

Investigate the world of work in greater depth, narrow a general occupational
direction into a specific one

Start by:
Learning academic and career entrance requirements
Learning related majors and careers to one's interests
Investigating education and training required
Learning skills and experience required
Planning academic and career alternatives
Learning job market trends

2. Academic /Career options

Competency Areas

Gain research and investigative skills
Practice decision-making, problem solving and critical thinking skills
Increase understanding of how abilities, interests, and values match career/academic

Strategies For Gaining Competencies

Read occupational resources
Get assistance from a counselor
Talk to people who work in your areas of interest
Attend Job/Career Fairs and/or Career Panels
transferable skills should be be gained

3. Relevant / Practical experience

Gain practical experience through internships, cooperative education etc..
Start by:
Testing new skills and try diverse experiences
Deciding the type of organization in which to volunteer or work
Assessing likes and dislikes of work values, skills, work environments,
Assessing if additional/different coursework or skills are needed for your targeted
career goals

3. Relevant / Practical experience

Competency Areas

Gain an appreciation for working with individuals from diverse cultures
Understand and practice ethical behavior
Gain supervisory/leadership/teamwork skills
Enhance self-management skills
Obtain work related, transferable skills
Develop conflict resolution skills

Strategies For Gaining Competencies

Attend relevant conferences and seminars
Become familiar with work settings and job descriptions
Practice making decisions by supervising a group of people
Talk to alumnus/a about your career goals
Work part-time or during summer

4. Job Search

Start by:

Learning how to prepare resume and cover letters, and complete employment
Learning and implementing job search strategies
Learning and practicing interviewing skills
Narrow your choices

4. Job Search

Competency Areas

Ability correspondent in a coherent, professional manner
Communicate verbally in a clear, concise manner
Effectively use networking, problem-solving, and decision making to reach
career goals
Develop budgeting skills in relation to the job search, travel, and relocation
Strategies For Gaining Competencies
Register with Career Planning & Placement Services
Review resume with a career counselor
Receive referrals

Organization Career Planning process
Organizational career planning process

1. Direction

Assessing employee wants and organizational needs
common goal setting

2. Career time

Relates to distance & speed of an employee
How far & how fast can employee move on career path??

3 Transition

Relates to changes expected to a career goal
Analyzing transition factors
Setting goals and a timetable


4. Career planning options

Change to Lower Grade
Job Enrichment
Exploratory Research

5. Projected Outcome

Calculate the risks attached
How well will it pay off?

Some important guidelines


Discuss any concerns regarding career or professional development
with supervisor
Its your career, take all necessary initiative

Supervisors/ Managers

Make career planning an ongoing process
Explain employees importance of growth, need for change
Personal commitment

Acquire skills to be a good developer
Give essential feedback to employees
Provide a work environment that is conduciveSupportive and
motivational atmosphere


Existence of supportive organizational structure suitable to employees
Provide resources dollars and time
Career Planning is NOT

Leaving the decision to chance
Getting information and never deciding
Going along with someone elses plans Its OUR future.

WE need to make our career decision!!