Planning your career means planning for change. The world of work is constantly changing, and we must be prepared to meet these changes without letting them get the better of us. We need to know our strengths and know how to build up our skills.
As humans, we are capable of constant learning. As we learn and grow, we change. We develop new skills, gain more confidence, become open to new opportunities.
Our career is a journey - not a destination. Becoming a good traveller and learning to enjoy the trip are the characteristics of tomorrows generation of workers.
Career planning is too important to be left to chance. After all, the decisions you make now will affect the rest of your life, especially the 25-40 years you will spend in the workforce. If you want a satisfying career, you must prepare by following these steps:
Investigate ways to upgrade your skills and advance in your career.
Step 7: Career/Life Planning
Review periodically where you are and where you want to be.
Make changes as needed.
Planning for your future may not be a steady progression up the steps. You may need to move up and down the steps as your life's circumstances change - the career/life planning steps will continue throughout.
A job exploration tool which aims to help you identify your skills, motivations and interests and then to match yourself to relevant job types. Designed for at College students. (Registration required)
An online public art resource, offering information from the practical to the critical including a directory of almost 200 public artworks, news and opportunities and video interviews with artists and commissioners.
Well developed Australian site containing excellent interactive online career planning module called 'My guide'. Use the results to suggest occupations, then look at local websites for Irish information.