Have you developed a career plan?

Making a career plan is a matter of matching skills and interests to an occupation to create a career goal, and then deciding the steps you need to take to reach that goal.

  • What kind and how much education is needed to achieve your career Goal?
  • Its Never too early to start thinking about your future and how to get the most out of high school, to prepare for future, no matter what direction your plan take!
  • Need to have a vague plan in time for class selection but be flexible to revise the plan throughout high school to accommodate changing interests or goals.

A good plan should include the the following:

  • Personal story – what experiences, interests and goals are shaping who you are now and who you want to become
  • Learning style
  • Goals for high school –including classes, extracurricular activities, sports, a job, volunteer, community service etc.
  • Goals for immediately after high school – What’s needed in preparation for degree, college, vocational or technical school, certificate program or the workforce(Entrepreneurship)

Whole Group Student Engagement: How many of you have a high school and beyond plan?

This part of the workshop may focus on making sure students understand the steps for developing a career plan. The facilitator guides the exploration of the information or provides time for pairs or small groups of students to review the material and discuss the ideas.

Explore Your Interests

What are you good at? Do you have something you love to do? Whether it’s playing sports or playing an instrument, your interests today say a lot about what career you might have tomorrow.


·         Make a list of your skills and interests. Think hard about what you enjoy and what you are good at.

·         Find out more about the kinds of the jobs that interest you, along with their educational requirements, salary, working conditions, future outlook and anything else that can help you decide what’s best.

·         Make a second list of possible jobs that you would like to have and compare it with your skills and interests. The job that matches your skills and interests the closest may be the career for you.

·         Choose your career goal. Once you’ve decided what occupation matches up best, then you can begin developing a plan to reach your career goal.

·         Develop a career plan. Think about what you want to do and find out more about the kind of training, education and skills you will need to achieve your career goal.

·         Research and identify institution that offers a college degree or training program that best meets your career goal and financial needs.


·         Find out about financial aid to help support you in achieving your career goal, e.g. HELB or other scholarships in country, eligibility and application process.

Make A Sample Career Plan:

Career Goal: To become a civil engineer. To design, plan, and supervise the construction of buildings, highways, and railway systems.

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