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career action plan includes a systematic identification of goals,
alternatives, assets, and barriers to success is required before
a career action plan can be implemented.
more specific a career action plan, the more effective it will be
toward goal achievement.
Action Plan Characteristics
A career action plan is comprehensive in that it details past, present,
and future experiences and goals. They provide a written way for
you to identify and consider where you are going and how to get
there in terms of life roles and training needs.
A career action plan is developmental so it can be used during the
employment period with a company and even beyond. Since individuals
are always in a state of transition, the plan includes elements
that are responsive to the demands of any change in the employment
life. They re not forms individuals fill out once and follow forever,
but rather plans that are modified as new experiences are acquired
or changing employment requirements are identified.
Career action plans are competency reference or based. They include
essential information about abilities, interests, values, experiences,
and achievements, and the information is linked with competencies,
skills, knowledge, and attitudes required in work or to obtain new
Action Plan Elements
central elements of individualized Career Action Plans typically
Worker roles including related competencies, interests, and abilities.
Learner roles including a record of educational experiences and
Individual roles including information about personal values and
Family member roles including responsibilities.
plans include action steps that enable you to analyze, synthesize,
and apply the information acquired. It is important to design the
plan in a manner that enables you to think in new ways about the
information you have recorded.
barriers to the attainment of goals should be identified. Friendship
and support groups should be noted, and role models should be identified.
This process of planning, reviewing, revising, and applying is ongoing
a Career Action Plan
final phase of this career development program is designed to give
you an opportunity to apply the concepts and skills that you have
learned through the formation of your own personal career action
Career Action Plan
carefully reviewed my situation, and the career area I would like
to see improved related to...
concerned about this situation because...
major facts that relate to this situation are...
elements of my situation most amenable to change are...
elements of my situation least amenable to change are...
use these indicators to consider my concerns to be satisfactorily
forces that I see as unfavorable to (blocking) the hoped-for change
solutions that I see to my concerns are...
major facts that relate to my concern are...
the time frame for my career action plan to be operative as follows...