Putting the Stages Together

Note that managing your career isn’t just a linear, three-step process. As the arrows in the diagram indicate, you can move back and forth between stages, or even repeat parts of the process at various points in your career.



Assess Yourself
Identify, understand and articulate your:

  • Skills
  • Accomplishments
  • Experiences
  • Personality in the workplace
  • Career values
  • Interests
  • Dreams

Research Careers
Identify, understand and articulate your:

  • Career fields of interest
  • Employers in those career fields
  • Jobs of interest
  • Trends within those fields

Stage 2: DECIDE

Choose a Focus

  • Choose a career or area to focus on

Set Goals

  • Commit to short-term and long-term goals
  • Make your goals S.M.A.R.T.
  • Create tasks and timelines to reach your goals

Stage 3: DO

Take Action

  • Continuously learn more about your focus areas
  • Network and increase contacts in your focus areas
  • Tailor your marketing materials for your focus areas
  • Apply and interview for jobs
  • Assess your progress
  • Regroup and revise as needed

Continue: Exercise 0.1 – The Career Wellness Checklist