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Title: Hazards to beware of in career planning:

Hazards to beware of in career planning
  • Dont plan a career based on money.
  • Dont plan a career because you think you
  • should choose it.
  • Dont plan a career on a whim.

Climbing steps to your career
  • These steps will help you
  • Find out how to choose your career
  • How to reach your career goals.
  • How to remain marketable

Career Planning
  • Steps to Planning a Career

The first three steps toward finding a career
thats right for you.
  • Step One Self Assessment
  • The first step in career planning process
    begins with learning about yourself. Interest
    inventories, aptitude tests, and personality
    indicators are some tools you may use to assess

  • Ask yourself some of the following questions
  • What do I like to do?
  • What things do I do best?
  • What type of environment do I prefer?
  • Do I want to work with people, machines, or
  • What things are important to me on a job?

  • Examine how you use your leisure time. What
  • does it suggest about abilities? Interest?
  • Values? Strengths? And Weaknesses?
  • Talk with a friend or family member who is a
  • good listener.
  • Talk with a career counselor and secure any
  • written material that will help you in your
  • analysis.
  • Identify your skills, especially those you enjoy
  • using, your motivated skills.

  • Take tests or inventories that measure your
    abilities, interests, values and personality.
    Write out your reactions to the results.
  • Look at your course work and other achievements.
    Which subjects have you done well in, or not so
    well in? What does this tell you about your
    abilities mechanical aptitude, verbal ability,
    numerical ability and so on? Write your analysis

  • Names of Inventories and aptitude test may be
    obtained from the Counseling office located on
    all campuses or on-line. Most interest
    inventories are accessible on line. The most
    familiar to our counseling staff and office is
    the Discover Inventory which is online and can be
    done in the privacy of your own home by obtaining
    a user ID from any counselor.

  • Step 2 Research
  • Information search
  • Research occupations to find out more
  • about the nature of the jobs that interest
  • you, educational requirements, salary,
  • working conditions, future outlook, and
  • anything else that will help you narrow
  • your focus.

  • Research occupations on the internet, in
  • the career center and libraries.
  • Job information resources
  • Directories of employers
  • Company brochures and annual reports
  • Newspapers and journals
  • Government publications
  • Job Placement offices on GTCC Jamestown Campus
    and other college campuses
  • Business magazines and TV programs

  • Career Trends Recent trends suggest a
    connection between levels of education and
    earning power. Pay can vary widely between and
    within occupations.
  • Notice the trends and find out occupations
    outlook for growth. Identify what training and
    education are needed to enter your field of

  • Job Shadowing program involves going to work for
    a day or several with someone whose career
    interest you. You observe tasks and skills
    required for the job, experience the work
    environment and interact with people who
    currently work in your potential career field.

  • Gaining experience while exploring career
    options, will give you a head start on your
    future career. Take advantage of opportunities
    to try out a career through work-based learning
    programs, summer or part-time jobs, or community
  • Participating in worked-based learning
    opportunities will give you the edge when
    applying for new jobs. Work-based learning
    offers a world of networking opportunities, the
    best way to meet potential employers and other
    people who can provide job referrals.

  • Step 3 Decision Making
  • This section will help you establish
    objectives in the areas of career, personal, and
    lifelong learning. You will be able to set
    goals and write a career plan.
  • Objectives in all steps are important in the
    decision-making process. If you have completed
    steps 1 and 2 then you are ready to continue the
    process of decision-making and planning.

  • The Decision-making process can be used for
    developing many types of career-related
    decisions. For example, you can determine
  • Which occupational field to enter
  • Whether to start a small business
  • Which training/educational program to take
  • Whether to change jobs
  • Whether to change an occupation

  • Career Objectives
  • In order to establish your objectives you need
    to have a sense of direction and some general
    goals to work toward.
  • Organize your ideas into 3 groups long-term,
    medium-term and short term.
  • Once you have developed your objectives
  • work backward taking one step at a time
    toward your ultimate goal.

  • Personal Objective
  • Once you have a sense of what you are trying to
    accomplish you must look for matches between your
    strengths and the strengths that are required to
    do the ultimate career goal you are considering.
  • Then think, what kinds of majors/ educational
    training fit the occupations I am thinking about?

  • To be successful in visualizing your work, you
    need to have a strong desire for the goals to be
    achieved, a belief that the goal is possible to
    attain, and a willingness to live with the

  • Recent high school graduates will have to include
    some education and skill training when charting
    their career path. Also a need of ongoing
    education or training in the future to remain

Education and training after High School can be
obtained by
  • On the job
  • Private business or trade school
  • Community College
  • Apprenticeship
  • Four year institutions
  • Military

  • On the Job
  • You may go directly to work for a company or
    business that will train you as you work. You can
    inquire about programs for ongoing employee
  • Private business or trade school
  • Short-term training ( one month to one year)
    is available for some occupations, usually with
    no special entrance requirements. Cost and
    length of programs vary and purchase of special
    tools may increase cost.

Community College
  • When considering technical, vocational programs,
    the N.C. Community College System offers a
    variety of programs (one semester to two years)
    that lead to certificates, diplomas, or
    associates degrees.
  • They also offer two-year transfer programs and
    specialized training for industry. For more
    information, visit the community college system
    website at
  • www.ncccs.nc.us

  • Apprenticeship
  • This is 3-4 year training program that combines
    on-the-job training with related technical and
    educational instruction for skilled occupations,
    supervised by a master in the craft, trade, or
    occupational area. Apprentice occupations are
    registered with the Division of Apprenticeship,
    North Carolina Department of Labor. For more
    information visit
  • www.dol.state.nc.us/appren/appindex.htm

Four-year college
  • There are many public, private colleges and
    universities in North Carolina. The local
    library, school counseling office, or career
    center are good sources of college information.
    Requirements are based primarily on high school
    grades and college entrance test scores. For
    more information you can visit College Foundation
    of N.C. at
  • www.cfnc.org

  • An individual can work for Uncle Sam ad get
    training, pay, room and board, and benefits. You
    must be a high school graduate. For more
    information contact your local recruiter at the
    branch of service preferred.

  • Lifelong Learning
  • Individuals will need to change to keep pace.
  • So that means continuous learning and updating
    and ongoing adjustment to your portfolio of
    skills and knowledge.
  • Learning can come from
  • On the job training
  • Home through audio/video tapes, internet and
  • print materials
  • Day or Evening courses in a community or
  • educational institution

  • Goal Setting
  • A goal is the results of an aim or the end
    towards which efforts are directed. A goal is
    where you want to be.
  • When developing your goals you must use SMART
    Specific, Measurable, Attainable,
  • Realistic and Timely
  • Specific means detailed, particular or focused.
    A goal should have the answer to who, where,
    what, when, and how?
  • Measurable goals should be quantitative. Think
    of ways the achievement can be readily observed.
  • Achievable goals are self-maintained, the
  • of the goal is up to you.

  • Realistic goals that are practical and possible.
    Realistic goals are practical and possible.
  • Timely goals are scheduled. There is a set
    specified time of completion, a deadline.
  • A goal is where you want to be, but a plan is the
    strategy you use to get there. Planning turns
    goals into tangible small steps of action. As
    your interests and expertise change you can
    adjust your plans and goals.

Second Set of Steps
  • Approximately 80 of all job openings are
  • never advertised.
  • The best approach to finding the most job
  • openings is through networking.
  • Networking is a systematic method of
  • getting someone you know to introduce
  • you to someone you dont know.
  • Share your job interests and qualifications
  • with people you know and let them know
  • what type of job you want to pursue.

  • Step Four Network Contact
  • Once you have decided on your career field and
    completed the education and /or training needed
    for obtaining a job, you are ready for the hunt.
    Search for the right job requires you to use all
    process information obtained from steps one thru

Work Search
  • Get ready for your work search
  • Use traditional methods to find job
  • openings
  • Use creative methods to find employment
  • Research employers
  • Network develop leads and make contacts

Job Search Tips
  • Send e-mail to networking contacts
  • Search for job openings
  • Submit resumes to electronic resume
  • banks
  • E-mail resumes to interested managers
  • Post e-portfolios with digital samples of your
  • work
  • Research companies, industries and agencies

Job sites
  • GTCC Career Center-Jamestown Campus
  • Employment Kiosk-Jamestown Campus, First Level
  • The Riley Guide-www.rileyguide.com
  • N.C. Job Bank www.ncesc.com
  • Americas Job and Talent Bankwww.ajb.com
  • Career Builder- www.careerbuilder.com
  • Career magazine www.careermag.com
  • Career Resource Center- www.careers.org
  • Hot Jobs- www.hotjobs.com
  • Job Bank USA- www.jobbankusa.com
  • Monster.com www.monster.com

  • A good resume is an important marketing
  • tool that you can send to employers.
  • Steps to developing a resume
  • Define your career job and objective
  • List all your past work
  • List all your education and training
  • Organize this information
  • Proofread and revise
  • Assistance for writing a resume maybe obtained
    from GTCC
  • Career Center, Career Choice in North Carolina
    and online at
  • different job websites.

  • Effective letter writing is an essential aspect
    of your job search
  • 1. Cover letter
  • 2. Thank-you letters
  • 3. letters in response to being decline for a job
  • 4. Withdrawing from consideration and declining
    job offer letters
  • 5. Acceptance letter

  • Interview is a mutual exchange of information
    between employer and a candidate for a position.

  • Supply information about yourself that is not
    contained in
  • resume
  • Show that you understand yourself and have a
    sense of
  • direction in your career
  • Enable the employer to evaluate your
    personality and
  • attitudes in terms of the demands
    of the organization and
  • position
  • Allow you to gain information about the
    organization and
  • the job, which is not available through
    other resources

  • Having confidence
  • Competence
  • Dependability
  • Time Management
  • Compatibility

  • Work Offers and Acceptance
  • Company/organization
  • Management and co-workers
  • Potential for promotion
  • Compensation
  • Job
  • Organization culture
  • Community

  • Re-assess interest, the job
  • Ask reflecting questions of self
  • Ask that will answer how, what, where and went
  • Does my chosen work fit with my life style
  • If your answer to most of the reflecting
    questions is no then the planning cycle begins

Planning for your future is An on-going process
and will Change as your needs do.
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