March 10, 2022

What is Career Planning?

Kia Marion

What does career planning mean?

  • Identifying what you are good at
  • Knowing how your skills, talents, values, and interests translate into possible jobs or careers
  • Matching your skills, etc. ...
  • Matching your career goals to your financial needs
  • Matching your career goals to your educational needs

  • The Career Planning Process Itself Has Three Main Components:
  • Self-exploration is the process of examining your:
  • Skills
  • Values
  • Experience
  • Interests
  • Education
  • Occupational Exploration includes activities such as:
  • Researching occupational and job profiles
  • Conducting informational interviews
  • Attending career and job fairs
  • Gathering labor-market information
  • Educational Planning and Career Planning consists of:
  • Decision making
  • Goal setting
  • Problem solving
  • Action planning

In just about everything you do, a great plan is needed especially when trying to decide which way you would like your career to go. When planning a career you must determine what you would like to do and the steps needed to achieve that goal.

When we speak about a career, some people immediately think about a job, when in fact they are two different things.

  • What’s the difference between a job and a career?

A job is the occupation that you have at any given point in time.  A career refers to your working life over time, and could include a single job that you stay in for many years, or a series of successive jobs within the same field.  For example, you may decide to become a seventh-grade math teacher and stay in that job for 20 or 30 years or more, all the while gathering experience and additional training. In this case, you could say that your job was a math teacher, and that you also have a career as a math teacher. Or, you may decide simply that you want a career in health care.  You might choose to begin that career as a certified nursing aide and then, with additional education, become a surgical technologist and then a registered nurse.  It’s important to think about both your short-term and long-term goals.

Women and Careers did not always go together. Today things have changed and statistics have shown that 46.9% women are representing the labor force.

For women looking to advance, there are ten steps we should follow:

  1. Updated resume. ( If your resume is well-written you can take advantage of many opportunities)
  2. Be visible. ( Be recognized, in the event that you get laid off you are well known and this can help you)
  3. Build your network. (This can be done on platforms such as Linkedin )
  4. Always ask for feedback ( whether it is good or bad it can be what makes or breaks you).
  5. Always take on new challenges. ( Learn as much as you can, the more you know the further you will go)
  6. Project confidence. ( If others see that you are confident it will build their trust in you).
  7. Be persistent. (Never give up)
  8. Be someone people would want to work with. (If people do not want to work with you it can make it hard to achieve your goals.)
  9. Plan your career. (Women will have it harder than men but if you have career goals it can take you far).
  10. Find mentor. (Find someone you look up to, for instance Kimmie. Her story is one to be told and not a bad person to model after)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
My name is Kia Marion. I am studying at Post University for my Bachelor's degree in Human Services with a concentration in counseling. I have always wanted to help others, which is why I went to school to obtain my degree. With my degree it will help with my career plan and also help me to obtain a job doing something that I love.