Career planning is a project
Career planning is a development process of your personality, a story of how your competence grows and a series of choices. What would you prefer to do and even in such a manner that someone would pay for it? It is part of career planning to accumulate practical experience and it is a series of different jobs. Mobility between different tasks, either linearly or progressing from one level to another, is also part of career planning. Through the choices you make during your career, you can influence whether you are perceived as a futurist, a unique expert or a skilled professional.
You start making career choices already when choosing what to study and which work placements to take. Are you following a given path or do you have the courage to find and try something different and interesting to you that will strengthen your personal characteristics? Self-knowledge, awareness of one’s own options and working life realities lay the foundation for career planning. Make the vision of your future, your career goals and ways of how to deepen it visible. Include a lot of practical measures and check that they are based on well-considered decisions.
Make career planning a project for yourself – agree on how to implement it in practice with your student advisor and make it a work-based learning project. The Urapolulle website helps you to perceive themes that may be relevant to you.
VISION OF YOUR OWN CAREER
The career planning project begins with identifying and illustrating your own vision. Convert your dreams and vision into a concrete career plan. The project plan is a roadmap for the implementation of your career plan.
Work your career vision and dream into a career plan. So, make a project plan. A good project plan answers the question: How things are done or how they are made possible. Therefore, strive for a plan that is as accurate and concrete as possible and find out about things that are unclear to you at all levels. A good plan also includes a schedule and budget.
The project plan could include the following steps and contents:
1. Where am I now?
Map your current situation and competence. Describe yourself on the way to becoming a professional and in the situation you are now. Describe your competence in concrete terms. Describe your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, taking account of the present situation. Do you have a CV, business card, social media profile? Do you consider yourself as being networked? What are you most interested in? What are your hobbies?
2. Where do I want to get?
Visualise your dream career, profession, job. Draw or write your career goals down to make them visible. Consider and find out what kind of competence and skills you need. What is your professional self, your profile as a professional like? Where do you work and how do you live? Which factors affect your vision of work?
3. How do I get there?
Plan a roadmap of your career path. This is the most important part of the plan. Describe which measures will take you to your goal, what kind of competence or skills you need and where you can acquire them. What kind of practical, exchange or other experience do you need? Plan your visibility as a professional: Do you have a CV, portfolio, your own professional social media profile? Do you need time to implement the plan and how much time, and do you need financial or other support? Are there obstacles in or threats against the realisation of your plan? Do you need other people than yourself to realise your plan? With whom or which party does it make sense to network and how does it happen?
CONVERTING THE PROCESS INTO A WORK-BASED LEARNING PROJECT
Agree with your advisor on how to convert your career planning project into studies suited to your PSP. The most effective way is to propose so-called personal studies among the optional studies, under profiling studies. Drawing up a project plan for career planning may yield 2–3 credits. Make the project plan a concrete handbook for yourself, which you can complement and adapt in the course of your studies.