Career Planning

Step 1 – Get to know yourself!

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:


  • 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?


  • What am I good at?
  • What do I really like to do?
  • What skills or knowledge am I keen to develop?


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

Step 2 – Career Exploration

Career exploration is a vital part of the career planning process. To make a decision about what career you want,  it is important to do some research about your ideas to know if  it’s right for you!  Making an informed decision is easier when you have all the information you need! Some questions you might ask could include:

  • 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 Handout 2018   and  Skills Handout 2018

You can also use online tools to help  you think through these questions before you come to an appointment. The Career Development Team can help you reflect on these issues and create a career action plan that works for you!

To make an individual appointment please contact  Career Development Services