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Career Planning and Career Awareness.

Career awareness describes your career attitudes, your knowledge, and your life's experiences. Career awareness is using all of these considerations when making active decisions about your career. Your level of career awareness will directly influence how important and impactful the Power Moves you make will be.

An opportunity for students to learn about a particular occupation or profession to see if it might be a suitable fit for them. Job Shadowing may be done formally through a program or informally through networking and relationships.

What is career self-awareness?

Exploring your own strengths, skills, interests, and goals as they relate to your career. • Includes exploring different career paths and deciding if they are a good fit for you.

What is the importance of career planning?

The process of career planning helps the individual to be aware of various career opportunities. Life as we see every day has become fast paced and highly competitive, having a career plan will give you clarity when selecting the right profession for you and also help you set your priorities right.

Here are 5 Important steps of Career Planning

1. Explore Career Options.

First things first: the competency defined as 'exploring careers options' is not a single skill, but an umbrella term referring to several professional skills (e.g., self awareness, effective networking, research, decision making) which center around three abilities: Knowing yourself. Knowing your options.

Identify specific job titles of interest. Describe your decision making style for important decisions in your life and be aware of how that style should affect how you implement your career exploration strategy. Define factors affecting your decision.

Career exploration will help expose you to different working environments and find where you will fit in and grow as an individual. You are more likely to be good at things you take interest in.

2. Conduct Field Research.

Conducting field research helps not only plug-in gaps in data but collect supporting material and hence is a preferred research method of researchers. Understanding context of the study: In many cases, the data collected is adequate but field research is still conducted. This helps gain insight into the existing data.

Field research is a process where data is collected through a qualitative method. The objective of field study is to observe and interpret the subject of study in its natural environment. It is used in the field of study of humans and health care professions.

3. Determine Your Job Target

By making an objective target for both the job and candidate there is no room for biases. This then creates a better tool for recruitment and development efforts. Don't just use job targeting for new hires use it on existing roles too. The PI Job Assessment assess all the roles in a company even the filled one.

Job search means an instance of active contact with a potential Employer to apply for a job, and includes a contact by phone or in person, by submitting a written application, or by attending a job interview.

4. Build Your Credentials and Resume.

This is where credentials come in. Simply put, credentials are college degrees, apprenticeships, certifications or licenses that give you credibility in your work field. They show your employer and your customers that you have the knowledge and skills to perform your professional function.

You can list credentials, like doctorates and specialized degrees, right after your name at the top of a resume. You can list all other credentials, such as important strengths and skills, later in your resume where they fit most naturally.

5. Prepare for Your Job Search.

Job hunting, job seeking, or job searching is the act of looking for employment, due to unemployment, underemployment, discontent with a current position, or a desire for a better position. The immediate goal of job seeking is usually to obtain a job interview with an employer which may lead to getting hired.

Navigating the Job Search: The 4 Step Model

  • Step 1: Documents.

  • Step 2: Research.

  • Step 3: Network.

  • Step 4: Search.

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