The five stages of career planning:
1. Evaluating Myself – learning about myself
Having a clear picture of your unique talents, interests, values and skills will be the base of your career-planning journey. A great start to a brighter future.
2. Exploring Options – learning about available work opportunities
Once you have a clear idea of your interests, current skills and the things you value, you can start exploring options. Gather information about occupations, education and training opportunities.
3. Making Decisions – deciding on my future path
Once you have explored your options, the next step is narrowing down the work and/or training field on which you would like to focus. Take time to analyze the options you have explored and make decisions about what path you want to ravel.
4. Setting Goals– creating a plan
You have identified your career path; now identify the steps you need to take to start moving towards your goal. Prepare an action plan and chart your course.
5. Implementing My Plan – putting my plan into action
Set your plan into action. Keep in mind you may have to make some changes to keep yourself on track or set a new course when unexpected opportunities arise.
Some of the qualities and activities that will help you to plan and manage your career include:
- continuous learning
- financial management
- work-life balance
The Wheel is a useful career planning model used throughout this guide. The Wheel is made up of eight different sections that will
help you focus and record your self-exploration activities.