Make a Career Plan

Career planning is essential when pursuing a new career or looking to advance in a current one. Learn important strategies here.

Setting career goals

Now that you have a better idea of what you need to reach your career objective, you will want to create some career goals. Setting definite career goals will help you stay on track as you progress toward your career objective. Your goals will vary based on your objective, but below are some examples of different career goals:

While it's important to set meaningful career goals, you might become discouraged if these goals are too difficult to achieve. Try using the S.M.A.R.T. goal method to help you create realistic and attainable career goals.

Click the arrows in the slideshow below to learn more about how to write S.M.A.R.T. goals.

Creating a career plan

Once you have created a career objective and have formulated your career goals, you should have a clearer idea of the career path you want to follow. Drafting a career plan will help you figure out exactly what you need to pursue your chosen career.

Download the Career Planning Worksheet ( .doc Word icon or .pdf PDF icon ) and follow along to create your own career plan.

  • Outline your career objective.
  • Write several different goals using the S.M.A.R.T. goals method.
  • Create a timeline or use a calendar to keep track of your goals.