What is Career Planning?
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Career planning consists
of activities and actions that you take to achieve your individual
career goals. Career planning is the ongoing process where you:
Explore your interests
your career goals; and
Create your future
work success by designing learning and action plans to help you
achieve your goals.
Who's Responsible for Planning Your Career?
You have the lead
responsibility for planning your career. Supervisors, managers, and your
agency can provide you with meaningful assistance in this process.
The following are examples
of career planning actions:
Decide what you want
from your career now and in the future.
individually or with your supervisor to assess your individual
interests, strengths, and areas for development. ( See Steps to
Career Planning )
Develop a yearly
“Employee Development Plan” (See Part III of the Employee Work
Profile ) with input from your supervisor, including current job
development and long-term career objectives as part of the
performance management process.
Work with your
supervisor to identify on-the-job learning and training
opportunities, continued education, and/or avenues for professional
job-related knowledge, skills, abilities, competencies and
experience that employees need to be effective in their positions.
Help employees define
short and long-term development needs that support agency objectives
and employee career goals.
Development Plans” by indicating specific steps that need to be
taken and by whom to accomplish the learning goals.
Keep in mind that factors
outside of the employee and agency's control may affect the outcome of
career actions. But one thing is true – it is important to perform well
in one's current position. Consistent, high quality performance, along
with thoughtful career planning, will help ensure continued career
development involves being aware of one's personal goals and values as
well as work goals. It involves continuously learning and applying new
knowledge, taking advantage of opportunities, and taking risks in order
to help the agency be productive and effective while achieving one's
career and personal goals.
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