Career Planning

What Is Career Planning?

Career planning is a process for:Identifying what you are good atKnowing how your skills, talents, values, and interests translate into possible jobs or careersMatching your skills, etc. to existing jobs or careersMatching your career goals to your financial needsMatching your career goals to your educational needsMaking good decisions for yourselfFinding ways to meet your educational and financial needs on your schedule

It is important to understand how your individual cultural context influences your worldview. Each of us has an individual worldview composing our attitudes, values, opinions, and beliefs about how things work in the world. Your Cultural Context surrounds the entire career planning process, and includes your cultural heritage and life experience

The Career Planning Process Itself Has Three Main Components:

1️⃣Self-exploration

 is the process of examining your:

SkillsValues

Experience

Interests

Education

2️⃣Occupational Exploration

includes activities such as:

Researching occupational and job profiles

Conducting informational interviews

Attending career and job fairs

Gathering labor-market information

3️⃣Educational Planning and career planning

consists of:

Decision making

Goal setting

Problem solvingAction planning

🔘Why do career planning?

It is well established that most jobs that pay family-sustaining wages require some post-secondary education (that is, education beyond the high school level).  By taking the time to plan for your career now, you increase the chances of completing your education and getting the job you want.

🔘Planning Your Career and Educational Goals

To guide you through the Career Planning unit and its activities, you can use the Career and Education Planning Worksheet.  After you complete an activity and the worksheet that goes with it, transfer the key information to this worksheet. As you visit the other pages in this unit, you will learn more about your skills, occupations that use those skills, and the education needed for those occupations.  After you complete an activity, and the worksheet that goes with it, you will then transfer key information to your Career and Education Planning Worksheet.

Part of career planning is deciding on which action to take based on the information you collect. By completing all the worksheets in the Career Planning unit, you will create a Career Plan with specific action steps to take.  Having this plan will better prepare you to know what information you will need to find in other sections of the website, such as Applying to College and Financial Planning.