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Career Planning & Maintenance. IEEE-USA Employment & Career Services Committee Presenter: See “Notes” Pages for additional information. Seminar Overview. Why plan your career? How to plan your career How to maintain a rewarding career. What Is A Career?. What is a career?

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Career Planning & Maintenance

IEEE-USA Employment & Career Services Committee

Presenter: See “Notes” Pages for additional information

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Seminar Overview

  • Why plan your career?

  • How to plan your career

  • How to maintain a rewarding career

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What Is A Career?

  • What is a career?

  • What makes a good career?

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Why Plan Your Career?

  • You are responsible for your own career.

  • Jobs are not permanent.

  • Increases your chances of job satisfaction.

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Why Is Career Planning So Uncommon?

  • No sense of urgency

  • Leads to difficult life questions

  • Sets goals and increases stress

  • Uncovers unexamined career assumptions

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Developing Your Career Plan

  • Begin where you are right now

  • Consider assignments or projects that you would like, as well as jobs or positions

  • Include opportunities where you can contribute and learn

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Gather Personal History

  • This personal history is your portfolio

  • Good for constructing resumes

  • Helps with self-assessment

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  • Identify skills

  • Identify field of interest

  • Identify important work values

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Self Assessment – A Look Back

  • Think of a time when you felt really good about your work. Make this a specific occasion.

  • What were you doing or what had you just finished doing?

  • Were others involved? If so, how?

  • What made this time especially satisfying?

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Knowing What Is Important To You

  • What were you doing?

    Lets you know what type of skills you enjoy using most

  • How were others involved?

    Provides information about if and how you want to interact with others at work.

  • What made this particularly satisfying?

  • Gives information about some of your work values.

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Work Values

  • Mental Stimulation

  • Work-Life Balance

  • Self Esteem

  • Teamwork

  • Helping Others

  • Continuous Learning

  • Security

  • Recognition

  • Responsibility

  • Location

  • Friendships

  • Pleasant Environment

  • Challenge

  • Social Contribution

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Assessment Resources

  • “What Color Is Your Parachute?”

  • Corporate web sites

  • Thomas Register

  • Your network

  • Resource: “The Engineer’s Guide to Lifelong Employability”

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Maintenance Activities

  • Keep current technically

  • Keep current professionally

  • Keep personal history up-to-date

  • Network

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  • Get good information on the state of the industry

  • A network takes time to build

  • When to network

  • How to network

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  • Success is what others see – company you work for, projects you complete, job title, etc.

  • Fulfillment focuses on your level of satisfaction – how you feel about what you have done and are doing.

  • May be higher on success and lower on fulfillment or higher on fulfillment and lower on success.

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Low High



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  • You are responsible for your own career

  • Do a new self-assessment every few years

  • Look for opportunities to work or volunteer that include the skills and values most important to you

  • Be aware of your professional environment

  • Network