Career planning is a process for you to take control of your career
and future direction. You can start now, whatever stage you are
at, and – with updates along the way – a career plan can take you
right through your working life. Career planning helps you to
consider and address important questions.
How do I see my career developing?
What role am I interested in?
What skills do I need to do that job?
Where do I want to work?
How do I get there?
Why do I need a career action plan?
Having a career action plan helps you keep your career-related
research and activities in one place, so you can keep track of
everything. It helps you identify your next steps in your career and
allows you to identify what you need to do to be successful in
these steps; be that getting an internship or work experience,
building skills, applying for a job, or figuring out how to get a
How to make a career plan
Understand your current situation, your strengths and
weaknesses, and options available to you. Research and
decide on your goals. You may have a firm idea about a
graduate job and employer, or perhaps you need to narrow
down your options.
Identify and plan what steps you need to take to achieve
your objectives and when you need to do them. We
recommend that you use a career action plan document to
Complete the actions you set yourself.
Review and reflect on what you have achieved, update your
career action plan, then consider your future goals and next