Developing your career plan
Luck and chance play a part, but there are four important factors when it
comes to planning and developing your career effectively:
- opportunity awareness
- transition learning
There is more information about the
theories behind career planning on the Destinations website.
Know your strengths and weaknesses
Being conscious of your strengths and weaknesses, your preferences,
values and talents will really help you plan a career.
Destinations - helps students and recent graduates manage their careers. Use
the 'You' menu to explore your interests, personality, skills and values. (Log
in using your Essex ID and password.)
Prospects Career Planner - identifies jobs based on your skills and
- All about Careers:
Careers Test - questionnaire to identify your skills and interests and what
jobs might suit you.
What could I do?
You also need to know what’s out there - the different industries and sectors
you could work in, the latest labour market trends, or roles you think might
Prospects is a graduate careers website. It can help you explore:
Create an action plan
Once you know who you are and what you want, you have some decisions to make.
You can develop an action plan by answering questions such as:
- Have you got all the skills and experience you need for your
- Do you have any gaps to fill?
- Do you need to look into further study or training?
- When should you be applying for opportunities?
You can prepare an action plan in any format that works for you. The main
thing is to identify short and long term goals, and what you need to do to
achieve them. Set yourself deadlines to keep yourself on track, and make your
goals SMART - specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timetabled.
Match yourself to opportunities
Transition learning is all about applying everything you’ve done to come up
with a plan. A successful plan will allow you to stand out from the crowd and
present well during the selection process.
Meet a Careers Adviser
Don’t just wonder about your career. Make it happen. Our professional and
friendly Careers Advisers are here to help you figure it out. Maybe you know
what you want to do and need to talk about how to get there? Perhaps you simply
don’t have a clue what might suit you? Fear not. We can help. If you’re after an
understanding ear and expert advice, you can find it at the Employability and
So what are you waiting for? Pop in at our reception on square 2 today to
book a career guidance appointment.