Career Planning

Step 1 – Self-assessment

Self-assessment is the first stage in career planning and it involves deciding what kind of career you want. Jobs are not one-size-fits-all, and a job that is ideal for one person might be a poor choice for someone else. You need to consider three important areas before you can successfully choose a career:

1. Interests

  • What are my interests?
  • What do I really care about?
  • What issues or problems really excite me?
  • What kinds of people do I want to work with?

2. Skills

  • What am I good at?
  • What do I really like to do?

3. Values

  • What are the most important things for me in a job?
  • Do I want to work outside?
  • In a particular location?
  • What can I do that will make a positive difference in the world?

The Career Centre staff can arrange an appointment that will help define your interests, skills and work values in order to determine what careers are most likely to match these.

Step 2 – Career Exploration

Career exploration is a vital part of the career planning process. To make a decision about what career you want, you must gather enough information about it to know if you will like it or not. The more facts you gather about an occupation, the more likely you are able to be happy with your choice.

There are a number of important questions to ask about any career, for example:

  • What is the job like?
  • What do people in this occupation do?
  • What are their responsibilities, challenges, opportunities?
  • What settings do they work in?
  • What kinds of people do they work with?
  • What do I need to do to get into this field?
  • What kind of education or training do I need to get into this field?
  • Where could I get this training?
  • What experience should I get to make myself a competitive candidate?

See information sheets  Career Planning   and  What are your skills?

The Career Centre can help you find answers to these and other questions.

To make an individual appointment please contact the Career Centre.