Creating Your Career Plan
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Creating Your Career Plan • 2
The Five-Step Planning Process
The following five-step planning process is a simple, proven approach for discovering where you are, where you want to go and how you are going to get there. Step 1: Situational Analysis A. Identifying Values Use the following map to brainstorm and capture eight values that are important to you. There are no right answers. Enter each value into one of the boxes below, in order of importance. Then, rate yourself on a scale of 1 –10 in the achievement of “peak performance” in that aspect of your life. (1 = poor performance; 10 = peak performance). Finally, connect the dots.
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Creating Your Career Plan • 3 Step 1 (continued): B. Personal Strengths and Weaknesses Identifying and capitalizing on your strengths is the key to career success. While many people focus on improving their weaknesses, those who are truly successful know what they are good at and do as much of it as they can. To identify your strengths, ask yourself: 1. What are the things you do that come easily to you, as if you’ve always known how to do them? 2. What are the skills you have that improve as you do them more often? 3. What do you know that you do well? 4. What do others recognize as your unique skills? What do others think you’re good at? 5. What is it that you do that gives you pride and satisfaction? Key to capitalizing on your strengths is managing, or minimizing the impact, of your weaknesses. Weaknesses are sometimes hard to see. To identify yours, ask yourself: 1. What are the things that, no matter how hard you try, you cannot master? 2. Which tasks do you find yourself procrastinating? 3. What are the things you do only because you “should” do them? 4. About which work-related tasks do you find yourself becoming defensive?
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