The Career Management Cycle

What is Career Management and why start now?

A career management plan is an important tool for deciding what you want to do with your professional life, what your aspirations are and how you can achieve your goals under a certain time-frame. It is important to get started with the planning process early on. This will help you get a head start in mapping a long term strategy that is attainable and puts you on a meaningful career path. Ideally, your goals should include short-term goals (1-2 years) and long-term goals (3-5 years). Once you have mapped your career plan, keep in mind that your focus and motivations may change over time, so it is important to revise your career goals every few years.

Getting started

The career management cycle consists of 5 stages: 1) Self-assessment 2) Exploration 3) Planning 4) Action 5) Reviewing. Start by asking yourself, "where am I in my career right now?" If you are early in your career, you may want to begin by assessing your skills, competencies, interests and values. Each step requires a pen and paper and a willingness to assess yourself honestly. Save your answers from each step by writing them down. At the end, you will be able to map your strengths, career options and goals.

Managing your Career

Throughout your life, your career will be a journey of exploration, learning and growth. In today's increasingly competitive and changing job market, planning for your career is an ongoing process that requires responsiveness to change and a willingness to examine your resources, strengths and weaknesses. more

  • Step 1: Self-Assess

    How much do you know about your own motivations for working in a certain profession? Are you the kind of person who yearns for recognition and the limelight or are you happiest when you work quietly behind the scenes? more 

  • Step 2: Explore

    To identify the job or career path that is best for you, start by exploring your skills and competenciesmore 

  • Step 3: Plan

    Now that you have an idea of where you want to go, you will need to breakdown your goals into action-oriented steps. A career plan can serve as a useful roadmap for visualizing what you want to achieve in your career and how you can get there.more 

  • Step 4: Take Action

    Taking action requires motivation, focus, and support from others. A mentor or peer who can provide you with the encouragement and support you need to keep you on track.more 

  • Step 5: Review

    Revisit your plan to ensure that you are on track and that you are where you want to bemore