Before jumping into planning for a career, we suggest you take the time to take some self-assessments and explore related careers. Once you have identified and have selected some career possibilities, it is time for you to work on the steps that need to be taken to achieve your career goals.
To help you in narrowing your choices and developing a step-by-step career plan, we have developed a career planning tool, MY CAREER PLAN. worksheet. Some suggestions for completion of each portion of that worksheet are listed below.
Complete MY CAREER PLAN WORKSHEET
- Record Self-Assessment Results
- Career assessments can help you focus on your strengths, skills, and interests and link them to possible careers.
- Use this section of MY CAREER PLAN worksheet to summarize and record the results of each career assessment that you have taken.
- If you have not already done so, go to the Career Exploration tab, choose one of the links to career sites, and choose among a number of free assessments to use for this first portion of your career plan.
- Match Your Interests to Career Research
- List careers that interest you in the first column of this section of your worksheet. Some of these may be as a result of your assessments taken.
- During your research, find and jot down notes on employment outlook, earnings, and job requirements for each career listed in the spaces provided. Some places to research might be O*Net Online, Career One Stop, or Texas Workforce Commission.
- Review your education, skills, and knowledge and compare this to the requirements you have recorded.
- If there is a gap between your set of skills, education, or knowledge and those you have recorded, note what that gap may be in your last column. This helps identify what you need to work on to meet the job requirements.
- IDENTIFY RELATED CAREER FAMILIES/JOBS AT ACC
- Identify related careers that interest you at ACC. The Career Path tab can provide some resources for you if you have not already done so.
- Go to the job description or KEY JOB REQUIREMENTS AT A GLANCE and jot down the requirements for these positions at ACC.
- Identify additional experience, education, training, or knowledge you would need to obtain in order to be considered for each position you listed.
- Narrow Your Options
- Select careers that you have previously listed in MY CAREER PLAN worksheet from the sections 2) MATCH YOUR INTERESTS TO CAREER RESEARCH and 3) IDENTIFY RELATED CAREER FAMILIES/JOBS AT ACC.
- Narrow your choices to two at this time.
- Choose one as your first choice and record.
- The other will be your second choice. Record on your worksheet.
- Create Your Action Plan
- Focus on your first choice in Section 4 of the worksheet, NARROW YOUR OPTIONS.
- Write down a Goal you need to meet in order to pursue this career choice.
- List the steps you will need to take in order to meet that goal.
- Assign target dates for each step.
- Check off as you accomplish each step. Provide yourself with a mini-reward when you accomplish each step.
- Address Possible Barriers
- Record at least one roadblock that might prevent or delay you from meeting the goal listed in 5) CREATE YOUR ACTION PLAN.
- List what you could do to prevent that barrier from occurring, something you could do to lessen the impact of that barrier upon your plan, and/or something you do to resolve that issue if it occurs.
Attend a Career Plan Workshop:
Should you want assistance in developing your career plan, Professional Development offers workshops to help you accomplish your goals. Visit the Professional Development website to sign up for classes such as career management, personal branding, resume writing, and interviewing skills.
Remember, this is your plan for you. No one will ever care as much as you do!