Career Planning

Short Term Planning
Short term career planning focuses on a timeframe ranging from the coming year to the next few years. Steps to creating a short term career plan:
1. Identify your next career move. Narrow down the choices and focus on one or two careers. 2. Conduct detailed career research and gather information on the careers that most interest you. 3. Pinpoint the qualifications you need to move to the next step in your career or to make the move to a new career path. 4. Compare your current profile with the qualifications developed in step 3. How far apart are the two profiles? F fairly well-matched, it may be time to switch to a job search. If fairly apart, can you realistically achieve the qualifications in the short term? 5. Develop a plan to get qualified. Make a list of the types of qualifications you need to enhance your standing for your next career move. Develop a timeline and action pan for achieving each type, being sure o set specific goals and priorities.

Conducting research on careers. computer/technology and commitment to continuous/lifelong learning. . ◦ Should be more about identifying and developing core skills that employers will always value while developing your personal and career goals in broad strokes. ◦ Identifying career Trends: How you prepare for future career changes and developments. interpersonal.Long Term Planning Long term career planning: ◦ Involves a planning of five years or longer and a broader set of guidelines and preparation. listening. ◦ Core workplace skills: Communication (verbal and written). social. problem-solving. teamwork and team-building. planning and organizing. critical and creative thinking. decision-making. project management.

Marketable Job Skills Overview Communication Research and Planning There are a five main marketable job skills that you should not only be aware of. Management and Leadership . but possess and include in your career planning assessment. Work Survival Human Relations Organization.

Speaking effectively Listening attentively Facilitating group discussion Writing concisely Expressing ideas Providing appropriate feedback Perceiving nonverbal messages Reporting Negotiating Persuading Describing feelings Editing information Interviewing . transmission and interpretation of knowledge and ideas.Marketable Job Skills Communication Communication: the skillful expression.

Marketable Job Skills – Research and Planning Research and Planning: the search for specific knowledge and the ability to conceptualize future needs and solutions for meeting those needs. Forecasting. predicting Identifying problems Creating ideas Imagining alternatives Gathering information Setting goals Identifying resources Solving problems Extracting important information Analyzing Defining needs Developing evaluation strategies .

Marketable Job Skills – Human Relations Human Relations: the set of interpersonal skills for resolving conflict. Providing support for others Motivating Developing rapport Listening Being sensitive Conveying feelings Sharing credit Cooperating Counseling Delegating with respect Representing others Perceiving feelings. relating to and helping people. situations Asserting .

Management and Leadership Organization. Management and Leadership: the ability to supervise.Marketable Job Skills – Organization. Initiating new ideas Handling details Coordinating tasks Managing groups Delegating responsibility Coaching Teaching Counseling Promoting change Selling ideas or products Managing conflict Decision making with others . direct and guide individuals and groups in the completion of tasks and fulfillment of goals.

Marketable Job Skills – Work Survival Work Survival: the daily skills that assist in promoting effective production. Implementing decisions Enforcing policies Cooperating Being punctual Managing time Attention to detail Meeting goals Enlisting help Accepting responsibility Organizing Setting and meeting deadlines Making decisions .

. opportunities and threats. weaknesses. When you look at your strengths. Weaknesses.SWOT Analysis In order to accurately evaluate and understand your career planning. it can help develop a career direction by matching your capabilities and experiences with the correct career path you are looking into. Opportunities and Threats). you should conduct a SWOT analysis (Strengths.

ability to work under pressure. creativity and high level of energy + Good contacts or successful networking + Interaction with professional organizations . Examples: + Work experience + Education + Strong technical knowledge within your field + Specific transferable skills such as communication. teamwork and leadership + Personal characteristics such as strong work ethic.Career Strengths Your strengths are the positive aspects of your life that make your knowledge and work experience different from everyone else. self discipline.

Career Weaknesses Your weaknesses are the negative aspects of your life that you need to improve on. lack of discipline. such as leadership. self knowledge or lack of job knowledge – Weak technical skills – Weak business skills. interpersonal. communication or teamwork – Weak job-hunting skills or negative personal characteristics such as poor work ethic. lack of motivation. shyness or too emotional . indecisiveness. Examples: – Lack of work experience – Low GPA or a different major then your career field – Lack of goals.

showing that you have changed or are trying to apply a change to lessen these weaknesses. it may be necessary to do so in an interview. . You should always try to turn your weaknesses into a positive.Career Weaknesses (Articles) Although you will feel uncomfortable discussing your possible weaknesses.

but you plan to take advantage of.Career Opportunities Your opportunities are the positive conditions that you do not control. Examples: + Positive trends in your field that create more jobs + Opportunities you could have in the field by enhancing your education + A need for your specific knowledge or skills + Opportunities for advancement in your field + Geography + Strong network of contacts .

Examples: – Negative trends in your field – High competition from others in your field with more knowledge or education – Limited advancement in your field – Companies not hiring people with your education or skills .Career Threats Your threats are negative conditions that you do not control and you may not be able to lessen.

but proactively thinking about the threats and potential obstacles in your career planning can help you to direct your career planning efforts in the right direction.Career Threats (Articles) Have you ever thought about what could happen to the industry you are looking into or are currently working in? What would happen if your type of job was no longer in demand? This is not a pleasant thought. .

skills. Many people land jobs because they form a relationship with another person who can help them along their career planning path. ◦ They generate job leads.Networking Have you ever heard the phrase “It’s all in who you know?” It’s stated because it’s true. ◦ They counsel you in interests. experiences and goals. network contacts often turn out to be the best source of information. . For this reason. ◦ They provide you with information about careers.

Here are a few great places to network:        One to one meetings Conferences and Conventions Career or Job Fairs Academic/Training Settings Networking meetings The Internet Social/Community settings . if you keep your eyes open to the opportunities that exist around you in your everyday activities.Where to Network Networking can happen anywhere.

Goals should:  Reflect your own values. not fantasies .Goals Goals are an end you are striving to reach by various means. not societies  Be realistic and Attainable.

Objectives should be:  Measurable  Realistic  Logical means to a desired end .Objectives Objectives are the “mini goals” along the way to a goal.

A plan should:  Be systematic  Balance quantity and quality  Fit your personal style  Fit your goals  Be based on thorough preparation .Plan A plan is a “to do” list consisting of actions that will lead to objectives being met.

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