Not so long ago, when most people stayed in the same line of work for a lifetime, "career" was another word for "job." In today's changing world, it's more accurate and helpful to think of your career as the total of all your work, learning and life roles. Planning your career has evolved into an on-going work in progress and an important skill to have.
Career planning is the lifelong process of continually
thinking about your values, needs and preferences
exploring the life, work and learning options available to you
ensuring that your work reflects your priorities
adjusting your plans to manage the realities of the work world
If you're like most people, your priorities will change throughout your lifetime. Think about what has been important to you in the past and what might be important in the future. For example, how might your work and life change if you have children or when your children leave home? Career planning will help you ensure your plans reflect your priorities at every stage of your life.
These days, you probably won't find one type of work that will remain unchanged or continue to satisfy your priorities until you retire. Rapid shifts in technology, society and the economy will continue to eliminate some types of work and create new ones.Best Career planning prepares you to manage change in positive and rewarding ways.
Because career planning is an on-going process that involves both life and work, it helps you build on what you already have, such as
Planning based on priorities and realities
The four career planning steps are useful for all kinds of career-related decisions and at all stages of your career, whether you are choosing a new career direction, going back to school or planning your retirement.
Because career planning is an on-going process that involves both life and work, it helps you build on what you already have, such as:
Explore your options, discover new ones and gather information about them. What choices do you have? What does each alternative involve?
Evaluate your options and decide which ones are best for you at this stage of your life. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each alternative? Consider the challenges you may face and how you can handle them.
Finally, develop a plan to make your option a reality. Identify the short-term and long-term steps you need to take and tie them to specific dates. Identify things you can do to stay motivated. Then, take the steps!