Planning Your Next Career Step 1
Before you begin your career search, ask yourself a few questions.
What do you want to do? What do I like to do? What are you trying to do? What do I know how to do? What kind of job do you want?
By answering these questions at the outset, you create a career plan that focuses your search. Review the following tips organized to help you in your career planning process.
Know what skills you enjoy using. Job-hunting requires going back to “square one.” Make an inventory of your abilities and acquired knowledge; this will assist in making career decisions. You should develop an understanding of yourself including values, interests, aptitudes, abilities, personal traits, and desired lifestyle, and become aware of the inter-relationship between you and your occupational choice.
Match your interests to career related skills. To make a successful career choice, you must match your interests with the skills you want to offer a prospective employer. Try using a self-assessment test to help identify your aptitudes, personality, and interests. These tests allow you to determine your strengths and match them to career-building skills.
Identify a career direction. Career planning is a lifelong process, requiring continuous effort to meet changing employment conditions. To achieve and manage a satisfying career, it is crucial to identify a preferred career direction and to implement effective career-enhancing strategies.
Maximize your resources. There are many resources available to help in planning a career. Use these resources for career assessment, exploration, and planning to help you identify potential careers, gather information about those careers, and match the career to your own assessment of skills. Resources include career-planning software, career workshops, school career service centers, Internet resources, libraries, employment service departments, career fairs, and career days.
Career planning is a lifelong process which includes getting a job, working on our skills, finding out our expectations from life and even retiring.