How to make a career plan

By Zaninka Umutesi
On 7 January 2023 at 12:00

These days, there are many careers and it is so easy to get lost in them or lose your way in the search of a way to survive and pay bills but in order to focus on this journey, you need a career plan which is a process of planning career choices, establishing career objectives and deciding on educational and developmental programs to improve the skills required to achieve career objectives.

It is not unachievable though it may be hard depending on the career choice but better to try to reach what you love hence some tips to help you on that journey.

Identify your career options, instead of jumping from one job to another without much thought about your long-term career aspirations. It would be better to determine what career you’d like to pursue, considering your career interests and research career options within that field to guide you.

List your current skills, after researching what it takes to get into that career. First check how many of the required skills you already have, work from there and figure out if they need polishing or if they are at a sufficient level. You can use online assessments to evaluate yourself like on LinkedIn.

Think of your weaknesses, you need to be aware of what you are not good at so that you can start working on them because they are ways to grow and add to your skill set.

Consider your personal value, whether or not you have found the company you want to join or not, you should check that what value in the workplace is fulfilled or matched. Otherwise, there may be consequences later like if the company does not respect the employees’ work-life balance which can cause you to get burnout and such can be a good reason for you to consider before joining.

Lastly, seek career guidance. Be it from a certified career counselor or from a trusted mentor or advisor because two heads are better than one, plus there are things that they could help you discover about yourself and your career decisions.

Remember, ’when you do what you love, you will never have to work a day in your life’.

IGIHE Ltd was among companies that takes students through available job opportunities.