Realise your ambitions – Career Planning Advice. Part 1


Whether you’re still at school, just about to graduate or considering a career change then career planning is for you.

Career planning is the continuous process of thinking about your interests, values, skills and preferences; exploring the life, work and learning options available; ensuring that your work fits with your personal circumstances; and continuously fine-tuning your work and learning plans to help you manage the changes in your life and the world of work.

Today we are going to talk about Step 1- Self Assessment:

Ask yourself the following questions:

Lifestyle – Are you happy with your current lifestyle? Do you want to maintain it or change it? Be sure to identify the key characteristics of your ideal lifestyle. Does your current career path allow you the lifestyle you seek?

Preferences – What kinds of activities do you like/dislike? Make a list of both types of activities. Does your current job have more likes or dislikes?

Passion – What are you passionate about? Reflect on the times and situations in which you feel most passionate, most energetic, most engaged – and see if you can develop a common profile of these situations. Develop a list of your passions. How many of these times occur while you are at work?

Skill Set – What are your strengths and weaknesses. Step back and look at yourself from an employer’s perspective. Think in terms of work experience, education/training, skill development, talents and abilities, technical knowledge, and personal characteristics.

Success – What is success to you: wealth, power, control, contentment?

Personality – Are you an extravert or an introvert? Do you like thinking or doing? Do you like routines or change? Do you like sitting behind the desk or being on the move?

At the end of this step you will have a clearer idea of your goals and your individual preferences.

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