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Steps in the Career Planning Process

Instructor: Tara Schofield
A job search can feel daunting and overwhelming. However, there are effective steps that can be taken to make the career planning process less stressful and more fulfilling.

Breaking Down the Career Planning Process

Let's imagine you are in your final year of college and considering what type of job you want to pursue. You do some research to learn how to prepare for your job search and determine that there are five steps that will help you in the career planning process. This helps to organize your work and ensures you will consider all aspects of your potential job.

Initiation / Know Yourself

The first thing you do is objectively analyze your talents and potential. You determine the skills you have that will be beneficial in finding a job and supporting your work longer-term. Some of these skills include being driven, enjoying working with people, having a knack for solving problems, and building relationships easily. You are good at expressing yourself, teaching and training, and organizing projects. These attributes will help you determine what types of jobs will be best for you.

During this process, you also list the things you don't do well or don't want to do at work. These items include being tied to a desk, having little contact with other people, performing mundane work, and being in positions that have little opportunity for growth. By being honest with yourself, you can focus on what types of jobs will be more satisfying and fulfilling.

Exploration / Research the Marketplace

Armed with the information about what type of position you want, you now start to research the marketplace. You speak with professionals and career counselors, and research companies and positions. You also explore online recruiting sites that provide helpful articles, as well as job listings. This process allows you to learn more about what types of positions are available and what companies are looking for. It also helps you consider how you can apply your strengths in creative, satisfying ways.

Planning and Decision-Making

The next phase requires you to narrow down your options and decide what direction you want to go in your job. Your skills are perfect for account manager positions, where you can give presentations, teach clients about the benefits of your products, grow relationships with buyers, and meet the goals for sales. Knowing the type of job you want helps you start looking for specific openings.

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