Career Planning Timeline for College Students


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Jack has no idea what he wants to do in his career. He's still trying to figure out his skills and interests, which means that he is in the _____ stage of career planning.

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1. Jennie knows exactly what she wants to do, and is ready to apply for jobs, which puts her in the _____ stage of career planning.

2. Figuring out a general career path by evaluating experiences is part of the _____ stage of career planning.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This worksheet and quiz can help you understand the steps you need to take to help you plan for your career while in college. You'll learn how to career plan through exploration, identifying options, skill building, and career exploration. Use the quiz to test your knowledge on these skills to help you prepare for your own career planning journey.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessments to evaluate your understanding on:

  • How exploration can help you determine a career path
  • Why identifying options can help you narrow down career goals
  • Why skill building can help you land the career of your choice
  • What the targeted job search stage involves
  • A useful thing you should do when applying for jobs

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about career planning and how it's relevant to your college experience and job search
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of career planning to understand how to create a career goal
  • Making connections - apply career planning steps to help you plan your future

Additional Learning

To learn more about career planning, review the partnering lesson on Starting Career Planning in College. This lesson covers objectives such as the following:

  • Understand what a career is
  • Differentiate between the exploration, building skills, targeted job search and identifying options stages of career planning
  • Read examples for each stage of career planning