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The career planning process is a lifelong journey. As with any journey, you first need to know your starting point…you! From there, you can determine where you might want to go. This plan involves identifying strategies to get there.
We have all heard the question at one point in our lives: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” If we’re serious about finding fulfilling, rewarding employment, this is a question we should never stop asking ourselves. In addition, you should ask yourself:
Your answers to these questions are going to determine what course your plot for your professional life.
Finding a great job isn’t as easy as throwing darts at a map… you have to do a little bit of research to identify the type of work you would like to perform, and the type of employer for whom you’d like to work.
Finding career options includes: looking at possible jobs in the marketplace – both in print and on the Internet – and then using your skills, values and interests to identify a fit between the two.
You’ve found your dream job, and you think you’re the best candidate in the world for the job. But how do you get from dream job to reality? You have to strategize for achieving your goals and maximizing your success by incorporating techniques such as: networking; writing resumes and cover letters to market your skills, talents and accomplishments; developing good interviewing skills; and dressing for success.
Check out the Self-Knowledge Interview to see how well you know your own skills, and what you can bring to the table.
In today’s job market, candidates for employment have to be flexible, and they have to know their options. Below are some examples of career options and direction:
1. Enrichment (Growing in Place)
2. Lateral (Moving Across)
3. Vertical (Moving Up)
4. Exploratory (Looking Around)
5. Realignment (Moving Down)
6. Relocation (Moving Out)
Please review and fill out the Career Mobility Options Worksheet and begin to think about the options that are available to you.
"Ability to use one’s knowledge effectively in doing something; developed or acquired ability" is the dictionary definition of a skill. There are three general categories of skills. Technical skills are those learned on the job, from a book, or a course. Management skills can be learned in a course but are usually learned on the job or by trial and error. Personal traits describe the way you do your job. Technical and managerial skills are written as verb + noun (e.g., analyze financial statements, conduct audit meetings); personal traits are written as adjectives.
Download the Career Skills List; it will help jog your thinking!
Filling out the Job Seeking Activity Goals sheet will help you plan and achieve your job goals.
Surviving a Layoff: Coping with the Emotional, Financial, and Job Hunting Stresses of Losing a Job, by Harry S. Dahlstrom (2000)
Knock ‘Em Dead 2006: The Ultimate Job-Seeker’s Guide, by Martin Yate (2005)
What Color is Your Parachute? 2006: A Practical Manual for Job Hunters and Career-Changers, by Richard Nelson Bolles, Mark Bolles (2005)
Monster Careers: Interviewing, by Jeff Taylor and Doug Hardy
The 250 Job Interview Questions: You’ll Most Likely Be Asked … and the Answers that Will Get You Hired! by Peter Veruki
201 Best Questions to Ask on Your Interview, by John Kador
Careers in Health Care, by Barbara Swanson (2005)
Career Opportunities in Health Care, by Shelly Field (2002)
Health Care Job Explosion! High Growth Health Care Careers and Job Locator, by Dennis V. Damp and Erin Taylor (2006)
Discover What You’re Best At: A Complete Career System That Lets You Test Yourself to Discover Your Own True Career Abilities, by Linda Gale and Barry Gale (1998)
Career Tests: 25 Revealing Self-Tests to Help You find and Succeed at the Perfect Career, by Louis H. Janda (2004)
What to Do with the Rest of Your Life: America’s Top Career Coach Shows You How to Find or Create the Job You’ll Love, by Robin Ryan (2002)