Career Planning. Course Objectives.
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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.
Here are the topics covered in the Career Planning section of the course:
Short Term Planning
Long Term Planning
Marketable Job Skills
Where to Network
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:
Long term career planning:
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.
Communication: the skillful expression, transmission and interpretation of knowledge and ideas.
Research and Planning: the search for specific knowledge and the ability to conceptualize future needs and solutions for meeting those needs.
Human Relations: the set of interpersonal skills for resolving conflict, relating to and helping people.
Organization, Management and Leadership: the ability to supervise, direct and guide individuals and groups in the completion of tasks and fulfillment of goals.
Work Survival: the daily skills that assist in promoting effective production.
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:
Your strengths are the positive aspects of your life that make your knowledge and work experience different from everyone else.
Here are some good online articles that describe how looking at your strengths is beneficial to your career planning:
Your weaknesses are the negative aspects of your life that you need to improve on.
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
Your opportunities are the positive conditions that you do not control, but you plan to take advantage of.
Your threats are negative conditions that you do not control and you may not be able to lessen.
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://188.8.131.52/search?q=cache:z6AHQgyx2ksJ:www.ecu.edu/e3careers/pdf/jobsearch/IdentifyingObstacles.pdf+career+obstacles&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=5
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.
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:
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:
Goals are an end you are striving to reach by various means.
Objectives are the “mini goals” along the way to a goal.
Objectives should be:
A plan is a “to do” list consisting of actions that will lead to objectives being met.
A plan should: