Career and academic plans include a mix of goals, next steps, and time frames.
The more aware, planful, and strategic we are, the more likely we will be able to achieve our work/life goals. Give your career exploration and decision-making process a serious boost by drafting a career and academic plan. These plans are most effective when they include a mix of short and long-term SMART goals, next steps, and time frames.
To get extra career planning and exploration support consider registering for the following 1-credit courses at Greenfield Community College:
- Career Exploration & Planning – HUD 135 for students who are new to career exploration
- Career Planning & Job Search Skills – BUS 102 for students completing their time at GCC
Career Planning Overview
Career Exploration & Decision-Making Organizers
- Career Goal & Comparison Table
- 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 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.
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?