Career planning is an on-going, life-long process of decision-making regarding the world of work. Career
planning is a dynamic process that encourages you to accept individual responsibility for your life. The three
stages of career development are:
• Career Exploration
• Career Implementation
Stage one provides an important foundation for finding a career. As you learn about yourself and about
occupations, you become better prepared to make career choices.
Before you begin exploring careers and trying to identify jobs and careers which will prove satisfying, you must
first develop a true understanding of your self, your skills, interests, values, and personality characteristics.
Questions to ask:
• What are my strengths and weaknesses?
• What are my most prominent skills and abilities?
• What skills do I want to use on the job?
• What skills do I need to acquire?
• What satisfactions do I seek in a career?
• In what ways must I be challenged and rewarded?
• In what type of work environment would I be
• What am I interested in doing?
• What activities have I enjoyed the most?
• What kinds of people would I like to work around?
• What kind of job settings would I enjoy?
• What personal qualities do I possess that will help
• How will my personal style influence my career
• How will I get along with my supervisor/co-workers?
Self-Assessment is the first and most important step in the career development process and can greatly affect
the decision-making process. If you are willing to invest the time and effort, you should be able to use this self-
assessment information to identify career options that are most appropriate for you.
The Career Center offers several options in terms of resources and services to help you conduct a self-
assessment inventory. Stop in or call the Career Center to schedule an appointment to discuss your