Review your career options, set short and long-term SMART goals. Implement your plan.
Set Effective Goals
A goal is an objective you want to achieve. Goals help to focus your direction, keep you on track, and guide you to success. You should set both short- and long-term goals. Goal setting is a powerful technique that can yield strong returns in your life and career.
Making a career decision, or any decision, can be easy or difficult depending on the amount of information you have about your choices. In choosing or changing a career, it is important to consider many factors, both personal and professional. Good decisions also require time, effort and a well thought out process.
A career action plan will help you develop a stronger, clearer vision for your professional future. It will include both short- and long-term goals. It will identify how you will go about achieving your goals and objectives by listing the practical steps you will follow to make your visions become a reality.
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Tips for Creating an Action Plan, Excelsior College
What is a Career Action Plan? Dawn Rosenberg McKay, About.com Guide
Writing a Career Action Plan – Why You Need One, Dawn Rosenberg McKay, About.com Guide
Developing a Strategic Vision for Your Career Plan, Quintcareers.com
Mapping Your Future, Develop a Career Plan, mappingyourfuture.org
Career One Stop Professional Association Finder
Locate national professional associations by occupation or industry served. Contact associations to find professional development opportunities, and keep current on changes in your industry.
The Campus Career Coach – Professional Associations
A list of more than 500 professional association websites, organized alphabetically by profession. Each of these websites has some form of career center, job board or other resources to assist prospective and current professionals in their fields connect with job, internship and scholarship opportunities.
Volunteering and Non-Profit Career Opportunities
A resource for volunteer opportunities in various work settings.
Nationwide volunteer opportunities posted by local nonprofit and public sector organizations. Search thousands of one-time and ongoing volunteer opportunities by zip code, category, and date. Includes opportunities for virtual volunteer work.