Using Character Analysis in Career Planning Sullivan University 23 August 2009
The majority of university students have no plan for the future other than to finish gain their degree. A failure to plan can result in a great deal of frustration in the future in finding that satisfying and challenging career. In order to compete with other graduates this can lead to falsifying credentials to meet the qualifications in the job market as job seekers begin to despair of finding work.
Having a three to five year resume can assist job seekers to avoid these types of dilemmas and strategically prepare them for meeting career-planning objectives. By creating a longer-term plan that can be modified, gainful employment opportunities will cease to be a concern. In looking at this process consider strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats analysis (SWOT) to gain insight into areas of career confidence and other areas where additional training may be needed. By self-evaluation, questions, getting constructive feedback, a career plan can be formulated that will position the student for greater success. The SWOT analysis is primarily a business tool used to study an organization’s internal and external benefits and struggles in order to strategize a plan for resolution. Consider the following structure in discovering internal and external qualities that enhance employability as well as areas that can be improved (Hansen & Hansen, 2009). Questions to consider in building a SWOT analysis career plan: Strengths
To start a personal SWOT analyses consider the following questions about the present.
What are the internal strengths brought to the table in the field of interest?
Who can be called upon to provide letters of recommendation or solid affirming references?
When was the resume updated?
What type of experience in the field of choice is a strength?
What are the internal
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