It is important to have a sound understanding of oneself in preparation for career planning. Gaining this deeper understanding of your values, interests, strengths, preferences, skills and abilities will allow for a better fit when researching career opportunities or selection of a major.
Second and Third Year
Job prospects are complex and less predictable than we would like. They are dependent on individual factors as well as the labour market. It is essential for individuals to research the possibilities that exist for them based on a number of factors including their degree, their work/volunteer experiences, interest areas, and labour market trends. One might consider researching different job titles, companies of interest, fields of interest, and whether additional education would be required for their career choice.
Once one has completed some research it is important to establish clarity surrounding the possibilities through goal setting. In order to put career research into action it is important to create a plan that breaks down the decision into smaller steps using SMART (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound) goals. This will allow for a smoother decision making process and provide much needed focus on one’s target.
This phase is action oriented. It is time to execute well thought out plans! This can involve job seeking, or gaining additional training or qualifications needed for an ideal job.