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Career Planning in 4 simple steps

Career planning is important because in the world of work and in the global market, employment patterns are continuously changing. Therefore, after leaving school and throughout life, it is important to:

  • always be reviewing our career plans,

  • making adjustments through opportunities and lifelong learning,

So that you remain employable in the world of work.

Career Planning can begin and continue when you follow 4 simple steps:

  1. Reviewing and evaluating learning

  2. Setting goals

  3. Setting targets

  4. Taking action

1. Reviewing and evaluating learning

For this you need to think about where you are now in terms of learning, skills and work experience, then where you want to be and then how you are going to get there.

2. Setting goals

This involves exploring occupations (a job or profession) and learning areas of interest. Once you have some idea of occupational preferences then you can research the specific skills and qualifications required for those occupations.

3. Setting targets

It is a good idea to have career goals/targets that need to be SMART if they are to be successful. What are SMART targets?

Specific - about what career path you want to pursue

Measurable - how do you know you have reached your goal?

Attainable - your goal must be possible for you

Relevant - to you and your circumstances

Time related - within a set time frame

When you set SMART targets, they give you a clear path to follow, allow you to remain focused and help to bring that career 'wish list' to reality.

4. Taking actions

With all the information that you have gathered about yourself you can think about taking action on it. You should ask yourself these three questions:

  • What actions/steps will help me achieve my work, training and career goals?

  • Where can I get help?

  • Who will support me?

Answers to these questions will help you to set out the steps that you need to achieve your career goals.

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