The Career planning process:
There are certain general guidelines that are universally applicable for career planning. You must identify your skills and interests, find a career that best suits your talents, and also see what additional skills and training you need for your chosen career. To effectively plan and manage your career it is your responsibility to assess your talents, values and interests. You should then explore and compare occupational and educational avenues open to you, and finally narrow down your options and make decisions.
The career planning process can be summarized in three steps:
This is the first essential step in the career planning process. Understanding yourself is a critical part of career planning. The more you know about interests and preferences, the more likely you are to identify occupations and you are to identify occupations and courses that fit your personal attributes and needs.
Self-assessment covers several aspects such as interests, aptitudes, skills and abilities. These assessments are validated by psychologists and will provide you with a clear feedback on what careers you are best suited for. They also provide you with inputs on various alternative careers that would suit you.
Researching careers can help you to discover the wide range of work options available, learn what careers others with a similar background or interests have pursued, find out the essentials of a particular job and work-related trends.
There are various avenues of research. Two important options are:
- Get information from books, magazines and websites.
- Talk to professionals in the field.
The third stage involves drawing together the results of your self-assessment and your research on the available options. This decision- making stage should enable you to identify one or more potential options. Analyse the pros and cons of each option. List all the positive points about a particular option and all the drawbacks. Make an informed decision.
Career decisions dramatically impact your lifestyle. The career you pursue will determine where you live, your income, how much time you spend at home, your work hours, your travels and how you spend your leisure time. When making this crucial career decision will affect your lifestyle, not only in the present, but also in the future. This is precisely why career planning has become an imperative aspects of student life. Plan ahead, research your options and make a considered choice.
Reference taken from the book:
Taking charge of your career by R. Kannan-CEO Assesspeople