Career Planning – Your Surefire Way to Success

Have you ever wondered how life could have turned out better if you simply planned everything earlier? Well it’s not too late to turn things around. In this article we take a look at the importance of career planning and how we could take charge of our career.

The career planning process enables an individual to discover various educational, training, and professional opportunities suitable for their interests, passions, and goals in life. It also helps us identify our long-term goals and more importantly how we can achieve them.

Important Things to Consider in Career Planning


Conducting a self-assessment is essential in career planning because it helps you identify your needs, strengths, and potential. This can be done by conducting several evaluations: value evaluations, interest evaluations, personality evaluations, and aptitude evaluations. You could also consider seeking professional help through a career counselor that can you understand various elements affecting your decisions.

Career Research

After identifying and determining your personal qualities and aptitudes you can then match these with possible careers by making a simple research. Create a list of industries which outline their requirements and use this to decide. Further research can be done by gathering other necessary information about the careers on their list and later narrowing this down by determining what it is like to work in the different fields.

Career Experimentation

Finding ways to experience each career can be a challenge that is why it is essential to experience first-hand what each role entails. Informational interviews can be done by asking any professional who are currently working in that position. These can be done by:

  1. Internships
  2. Shadowing
  3. Part-time work
  4. Interviews
  5. Finding a mentor

Career Selection

In weighing the different advantages and disadvantages of their options, it is crucial to consider every possible factor affecting it. It is essential to consider the previous research conducted and also related experiences before making their final choice. This enables you to determine and identify factors and alternatives.

Planning your actions

The next step is to create and determine an action plan. An action plan must include necessary information gathered from your previous research, employment history, education, and training level. Clear and outlined goals must also help track things needed before reaching your final career goal. It is also critical that you determine possible barriers to reaching those goals and ways to overcome them.

Searching for a job

Using all you’re learned, look for the right job that matches your individual interests and goals. It is important that you included the created goal-setting strategy and career plan when writing an effective cover letter. This can help you demonstrate your passion for the career chosen. These can also be applied during their interview process to prove your sincerity and highlight your qualifications to prospective employers.

Keeping it fresh – Career Planning at a Later Stage

It is never too late to plan your career. Studies have shown that average workers make multiple career changes during their lifetime. Career Planning can also be done as you move forward with your career and should be done regularly.

Noting Past Accomplishments

When updating a resume, it is important to consider every accomplishment because when it comes to searching for a new career, this can be used to showcase your talents.

Tracing Your Path

Mapping out your desired career path from the last time it was done can show where you stand in your career. This can also be useful in determining future plans and if you are happy with what you have right now.  It can also be used to identify possible areas for improvement.

Regularly planning your career

Taking a break is vital, especially when the individual feels a need for a career change. Blocking out any distraction can help the individual focus on what they want for their career. By doing so, it enables the individual to feel more secure in their career choices and that they are following the right career path. This can also help in preparing them for any uncertainties and difficulties that they may face.

Identifying Transferable Skills

There are times when individuals tend to focus on job titles that they do not see the need or the possibility of shifting to other career possibilities. Each job requires specific skills that can be a plus when applying for another job regardless of the job title.

Setting Career Goals

Developing a map for success cannot work unless you create specific goals. It is essential to create and set goals because it enables you to be determine where you are in your career. Creating both short-term and long-term goals can help plan adequately. Choose the right path and adjust them as your career progress or change.

Signs - Is it time to change careers?


Stress can be manifested both mentally and physically. It can also be a major tell-tale sign that your career is no longer healthy. There are various signs that the body tells the individual they are in the wrong career, such as having trouble concentrating on simple tasks.

Low self-esteem

Staying in a career that makes an individual start to have self-doubts signifies that something dramatic must change in their work environment. It is not worth staying in a career that makes an individual question if they are doing enough or meeting their goals. No matter how high the pay or perks are, sacrificing your long-term emotional well-being is not worth it.

No more passion for work

Passions is the fuel that drives creativity and makes hard work manageable. Without it everything, even the simplest tasks difficult. It is vital that you revisit the primary reason why you chose this career. When lost, it maybe time for a career change.

You become apathetic

The absence of emotions whether positive or negative towards your job can be a major sign for a career change. When you’re only going through the motions and find no meaning in the work you do then its high time for a change of pace.

Not recognizing oneself

When people close to you start to notice changes in your attitude and behavior, it is a sign that the chosen career is not working out anymore. Your lack of passion, creativity, and inspiration see this as a different side. It also becomes evident that your job no longer makes you happy. This signifies that you must take a step back and thoroughly think if you’re on the right career path.

Career Planning and You

Aside from setting long-term goals, it is also essential in creating short-term goals or milestones to ensure clarity and identify actionable steps in reaching these goals. It encourages individuals to create a strategy and use it to determine their career goals. Career planning involves integrating various activities that include the different steps required to improve themselves while meeting their goals.

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