Summer Career Fix: Career Action Plan

What are you doing this summer to help you stand out from the crowd?

Gary’s bags are packed and he’s ready to jet off to places far sunnier than Cumbria. But he’s not off for a lazy beach holiday – he’s going to be doing one small thing each week that will help in his future career. He doesn’t know what that career is just yet, but that’s ok – most of these things can be done even if you aren’t 100% sure what you want to do. And if you need some help finding your path, you can always email the Careers & Employability service for some advice and guidance:

So what’s Gary doing this week?

He’s creating a Career Action Plan!

A career action plan is a road map that takes you from choosing an occupation to becoming employed in that occupation to reaching your long-term career goals. It has been scientifically proven that you are more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down and set SMART targets.

Once you have decided on a career, you can start to set your goals. Your career action p07lan is made up of these goals and the steps you will take to reach them. There are 3 steps:

  1. Come up with a list of goals – where you do you want to be in 1 year, 5 years, 10 years? Where do you want to work (Location/company)? What skills do you want/need to develop?
  2. Break these goals down into short-term and long-term goals. Short-term in this case means achievable in a year or less. For example, a long-term goal could be completing a masters course. A short-term goal would be applying for the course.
  3. Identify any barriers and how you will overcome them. For example, a barrier to getting a masters could be a learning disability. A way to overcome this would be to research the support available from the student support team.

Keep going back to your career plan once a month or so – keep setting new goals when you achieve your old ones and use your action plan to grab the job you deserve!

We’ve created a couple of resources to help you with your career plan:

Come back next week for another #SummerCareerFix 

Support is available from your Careers and Employability Service with career planning, CVs and applications, interview skills, practice interviews and more. Contact with your careers queries.