Developing a Career Plan


  • Make a list of your interests and activities you have been involved in during the past few years. Review all of the activities you were involved in during junior high school and high school (i.e. academic, sports, religious, clubs, organizations, etc.)
  • Think about the experiences you benefited from. List at least 10 interests and activities.
  • Circle the experiences that you most enjoyed.


  • Think about skills you learned from school, part-time jobs, home, volunteer work, clubs, religious activities, etc.
  • Make a list of your skills.

Evaluating Interests and Skills

  • Look at the two lists you have developed and see if there are any interests and/or skills that can be turned into a career.
  • List possible careers that might be of interest to you.

Career Exploration

  • When researching possible careers, think about the following:
    • Does it offer the salary and benefits you are looking for?
    • How much education (i.e. bachelors degree, masters degree, doctoral degree, etc.) is needed for this career?
    • Do you have the grades to get into a college/university that offers courses in this career area?
    • Is there a market for this career or will you have a hard time finding a job in this career?
  • When exploring possible careers think about the following:
    • Can you participate in an internship program that will help you determine if this career is suited for you?
    • Can you shadow someone in this career?
    • Ask the professionals to describe the requirements and skills, the type and amount of education, and the experience needed for this career.

Developing a Career Goal

  • A career goal helps to provide a path for your career and is based on your skills, interests, career possibilities, and job trends.
  • A career goal can be specific or it can targeted to a particular field. For example, a specific career goal can be a doctor and a goal targeted to a particular field can be medicine. By having a career goal targeted to a particular field, you are able to discover career possibilities that you might not have previously considered.


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