How many times will you change careers in your lifetime? If you’re like most people, you will change careers at least several times over the course of your life. How successful you will be in making transitions among careers can at least be partly attributed to the amount of career planning and preparation you’ve done. While career planning and career decision-making is an important aspect of your life, do not put so much pressure on yourself, it paralyzes you from making any real choices, decisions, or plans. Take it slowly and easily, career planning is an ever-changing and evolving process or journey.
Career Planning Steps:
your next career move. If you have examined multiple career paths, now is the
time to narrow down the choices and focus on one or two careers.
detailed career research and gather information on the careers that most
the qualifications you need to move to the next step in your career or to make
the move to a new career path. If you are not sure, search job postings and job
ads, conduct informational interviews and research job descriptions.
your current profile with the qualifications developed. If fairly well-matched,
it may be time to switch to a job search. If fairly far apart, can you
realistically achieve the qualifications in the short-term? If yes, move to the
next step; if no, consider returning to the first step.
a plan to get qualified. Make a list of the types of qualifications you need to
enhance your standing for your next career moves, such as receiving more
training, certification, or experience. Develop a timeline and action plans for
achieving each type, being sure to set specific goals and priorities.