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Developing a Career Path

If you have put solid effort and an appropriate amount of time into your current job, but feel that it's a dead end, it may be a good time to assess your situation and decide where you want to go from here.

Ask yourself what you have learned at your current job:

bullet Is this an industry I would like to stay in?
bullet Is this a level of work I am satisfied with?
bullet Are these the kind of people I want to continue working with?
bullet Is this the right atmosphere for me? "No" answers may indicate need for a change.

You may have established a career plan prior to starting your current job. If so, look at it again.

Ask yourself these questions:

bullet Am I on track? Learning the skills and gaining the experience that I had hoped for?
bullet Am I on schedule? Have I moved upward or onward as quickly as I had planned?
bullet Am I satisfied? Is this job, this organization, this industry what I still want?
bullet Have I communicated what I want and need to my employer?

The answers you get to the previous questions may lead you to look for career counselling and career exploration materials. Or you may begin to write out a plan for yourself.

Be aware that plans are not carved in stone -- yours will probably change as you move along your career path, just as the world of work is constantly changing. Look at your plan often and revise it when necessary.

One very simple career planning exercise follows. If you need more help, Career Exploration workshops, along with vocational testing, are offered at community employment agencies and at schools and colleges.

Career Planning Exercise

  1. Where do I want to be working in six months? In what sort of position?
    What have I done that will help me get there? What do I still need to do?
  1. Where do I want to be working one year from now? In what sort of position?
    What have I done that will help me get there? What do I still need to do?
  1. Where do I want to be working five years from now? In what sort of position?
    What have I done that will help me get there? What do I still need to do?