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Course objectives
Course Objectives

The objective of this course is to inform participants about career planning, both short and long term, to help guide you along the desired career path of your choice. You will be introduced to a SWOT analysis to evaluate your own strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to your career. You will learn about marketable job skills and the importance of networking.

Once a career path is chosen, you will learn effective resume writing and interviewing skills.

The course covers how to write a quality resume, the importance of cover letters, helpful tips on what to include and exclude from these documents and important interviewing techniques that are crucial to landing the job.

After successful completion of this course, you will know what important skills you should include in your resume and how to prepare for a successful interview.


Agenda
Agenda

Here are the topics covered in the Career Planning section of the course:

Short Term Planning

Long Term Planning

Marketable Job Skills

SWOT Analysis

Career Strengths

Career Weaknesses

Career Opportunities

Career Threats

Networking

Where to Network

Networking Strategies

Goals

Objectives

Plan


Short term planning
Short Term Planning

Short term career planning focuses on a timeframe ranging from the coming year to the next few years.

Here are the steps to creating a short term career plan:

  • Identify your next career move. Narrow down the choices and focus on one or two careers.

  • Conduct detailed career research and gather information on the careers that most interest you.

  • Pinpoint the qualifications you need to move to the next step in your career or to make the move to a new career path.

  • Compare your current profile with the qualifications developed in step 3. How far apart are the two profiles? F fairly well-matched, it may be time to switch to a job search. If fairly apart, can you realistically achieve the qualifications in the short term?

  • Develop a plan to get qualified. Make a list of the types of qualifications you need to enhance your standing for your next career move. Develop a timeline and action pan for achieving each type, being sure o set specific goals and priorities.


Long term planning
Long Term Planning

Long term career planning:

  • Involves a planning of five years or longer and a broader set of guidelines and preparation.

  • Should be more about identifying and developing core skills that employers will always value while developing your personal and career goals in broad strokes.

  • Core workplace skills: Communication (verbal and written), critical and creative thinking, teamwork and team-building, listening, social, problem-solving, decision-making, interpersonal, project management, planning and organizing, computer/technology and commitment to continuous/lifelong learning.

  • Identifying career Trends: How you prepare for future career changes and developments. Conducting research on careers.


Marketable job skills overview
Marketable Job Skills Overview

There are a five main marketable job skills that you should not only be aware of, but possess and include in your career planning assessment.


Marketable job skills communication
Marketable Job Skills - Communication

Communication: the skillful expression, transmission and interpretation of knowledge and ideas.


Marketable job skills research and planning
Marketable Job Skills – Research and Planning

Research and Planning: the search for specific knowledge and the ability to conceptualize future needs and solutions for meeting those needs.


Marketable job skills human relations
Marketable Job Skills – Human Relations

Human Relations: the set of interpersonal skills for resolving conflict, relating to and helping people.


Marketable job skills organization management and leadership
Marketable Job Skills – Organization, Management and Leadership

Organization, Management and Leadership: the ability to supervise, direct and guide individuals and groups in the completion of tasks and fulfillment of goals.


Marketable job skills work survival
Marketable Job Skills – Work Survival Leadership

Work Survival: the daily skills that assist in promoting effective production.


Swot analysis
SWOT Analysis Leadership

In order to accurately evaluate and understand your career planning, you should conduct a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats).

When you look at your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, it can help develop a career direction by matching your capabilities and experiences with the correct career path you are looking into.

You can learn more about SWOT analysis at:

http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTMC_05.htm


Career strengths
Career Strengths Leadership

Your strengths are the positive aspects of your life that make your knowledge and work experience different from everyone else.

Examples:

  • Work experience

  • Education

  • Strong technical knowledge within your field

  • Specific transferable skills such as communication, teamwork and leadership

  • Personal characteristics such as strong work ethic, self discipline, ability to work under pressure, creativity and high level of energy

  • Good contacts or successful networking

  • Interaction with professional organizations


Career strengths articles
Career Strengths (Articles) Leadership

Here are some good online articles that describe how looking at your strengths is beneficial to your career planning:

  • Article on Focusing on your Strengths: http://www.jobseekersadvice.com/career_advice/articles/focus_on_your_strengths.htm

  • Article on Assessing Strengths and Weaknesses: http://interview.monster.com/articles/biggest/


Career weaknesses
Career Weaknesses Leadership

Your weaknesses are the negative aspects of your life that you need to improve on.

Examples:

  • Lack of work experience

  • Low GPA or a different major then your career field

  • Lack of goals, self knowledge or lack of job knowledge

  • Weak technical skills

  • Weak business skills, such as leadership, interpersonal, communication or teamwork

  • Weak job-hunting skills or negative personal characteristics such as poor work ethic, lack of discipline, lack of motivation, indecisiveness, shyness or too emotional


Career weaknesses articles
Career Weaknesses (Articles) Leadership

Although you will feel uncomfortable discussing your possible weaknesses, it may be necessary to do so in an interview. You should always try to turn your weaknesses into a positive, showing that you have changed or are trying to apply a change to lessen these weaknesses.

Here is a good article on how to address interview questions about your weaknesses: http://www.careerjournal.com/jobhunting/interviewing/20041006-hirsch.html


Career opportunities
Career Opportunities Leadership

Your opportunities are the positive conditions that you do not control, but you plan to take advantage of.

Examples:

  • Positive trends in your field that create more jobs

  • Opportunities you could have in the field by enhancing your education

  • A need for your specific knowledge or skills

  • Opportunities for advancement in your field

  • Geography

  • Strong network of contacts


Career threats
Career Threats Leadership

Your threats are negative conditions that you do not control and you may not be able to lessen.

Examples:

  • Negative trends in your field

  • High competition from others in your field with more knowledge or education

  • Limited advancement in your field

  • Companies not hiring people with your education or skills


Career threats articles
Career Threats (Articles) Leadership

Have you ever thought about what could happen to the industry you are looking into or are currently working in? What would happen if your type of job was no longer in demand? This is not a pleasant thought, but proactively thinking about the threats and potential obstacles in your career planning can help you to direct your career planning efforts in the right direction.

Here is a good article with a list of potential career obstacles: http://72.14.203.104/search?q=cache:z6AHQgyx2ksJ:www.ecu.edu/e3careers/pdf/jobsearch/IdentifyingObstacles.pdf+career+obstacles&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=5


Networking
Networking Leadership

Have you ever heard the phrase “It’s all in who you know?” It’s stated because it’s true. Many people land jobs because they form a relationship with another person who can help them along their career planning path. For this reason, network contacts often turn out to be the best source of information.

  • They provide you with information about careers.

  • They counsel you in interests, skills, experiences and goals.

  • They generate job leads.


Where to network
Where to Network Leadership

Networking can happen anywhere, if you keep your eyes open to the opportunities that exist around you in your everyday activities.

Here are a few great places to network:

  • One to one meetings

  • Conferences and Conventions

  • Career or Job Fairs

  • Academic/Training Settings

  • Networking meetings

  • The Internet

  • Social/Community settings


Networking strategies
Networking Strategies Leadership

Networking with others to further your career path is not as hard as it may sound. It can be as easy as starting up a conversation with a person in a training session to calling an executive and building a relationship.

No matter how you network, you should have a strategy for what you can get out of the networking session.

A networking strategy consists of:

  • Establishing well-defined goals

  • Setting objectives to reach those goals

  • Creating a plan to meet those objectives


Goals
Goals Leadership

Goals are an end you are striving to reach by various means.

Goals should:

  • Reflect your own values, not societies

  • Be realistic and Attainable, not fantasies


Objectives
Objectives Leadership

Objectives are the “mini goals” along the way to a goal.

Objectives should be:

  • Measurable

  • Realistic

  • Logical means to a desired end


Plan Leadership

A plan is a “to do” list consisting of actions that will lead to objectives being met.

A plan should:

  • Be systematic

  • Balance quantity and quality

  • Fit your personal style

  • Fit your goals

  • Be based on thorough preparation


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