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Develop Your Plan

People who plan their careers tend to have long-term success. Learn how to create a vision for your future.

A career plan is a plan (or goals) for your career. A career plan needs short-term goals and long-term goals.

Think about where you are and the things you know right now. Are you ready to apply for a job in your career path? Do you need more education and training first? Make a career plan to help get the skills you need to apply for better jobs.

There are six steps to make a career plan:

  1. Assess yourself to know who you are and what you want.
  2. Explore careers to find a career you want.
  3. Set goals to reach the career.
  4. Expand your skills to prepare for your career.
  5. Find a job that matches your goals.
  6. Manage your career to help yourself succeed.

In each of those steps you will have short-term goals and long-term goals. You decide which activities to put in your career plan.

Everyone is different, and everyone will have a different career plan. What will your career plan look like? Here are some questions to get started:

  • What career do you want?
  • What type of education or skills do you need to apply for a job in that career field?
  • What steps will help you get the skills needed for your chosen career?
  • What other information do you need to move ahead?

Think about these questions. Then, put the information in the order that will help you to meet your needs. You are creating your career plan!

As you answer the questions above, write down your answers in a notebook or journal. As you find career information on this website, write down information important to you. If you are working with a job coach or career advisor, have them help you work on your career plan. Your supervising agent or parole officer might help, too.

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