Writing down your career/academic goals and related action steps can increase your chances of achieving these goals – by as much as 42%!!
The more aware, planful, and strategic we are, the more likely we will be able to achieve our work/life goals. Give your career development a boost by drafting a career/academic plan. These plans are most effective when they include a mix of short and long-term SMART goals, next steps, and time frames.
Career Planning Overview
Career Exploration & Decision-Making Organizers
- GCC Career Services Guide & Checklist
- Career Goal & Comparison Table
- Goal & Action Planning Template
- Time Budget Worksheet
- MA Work-Based Learning Plan (WBLP) – Although the WBLP is used to assess the growth and performance of interns and employees, it can also be used as a self-assessment and goal setting tool. What employability skills (aka “soft skills”) could be stronger (page 1)? What professional development goals could you add to page 2? Now add some time frames, strategies, and resources to greatly increase your chances of success.
To get extra career planning and exploration support, consider registering for the following 1-credit courses at Greenfield Community College:
Introduces students to the career exploration and planning process. Students use online tools and supplemental resources to complete self-assessments, engage in self-reflection, gather information about careers of interest, and relate potential careers to educational opportunities. Through this class, students create an action plan for achieving their education and career goals. If you have questions or would like to register, contact Chaitali Brahmbhatt, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Career Exploration Processes & Resources
- Reality Checking – Do current qualifications and financial/life-style goals match career aspirations?
- Marketable Skills – Which skills can you market or need to obtain?
- Occupational Research – What do occupations involve and which is the best fit for you?
- Labor Market Information Research (LMI) – How can work-related data and analysis inform career choices?
- Experiential Research – What hands-on and real-world experiences will reveal which jobs are the best “fit”?
- Education Research – What education options will inform and help you achieve your career/life goals?