After exploring career options based on the results of your self-assessment, the next steps in the career planning process are to make a decision on your career of choice, create goals, and create an action plan for achieving your goals.
The self-assessment and exploration phases would have provided necessary information to make a decision on your choice of career path. To ensure that you’ve successfully utilized each process, consider the following questions:
Once you have ranked your options and feel confident in their ranking, you’ll then be able to choose the top option or a combination of the top options and begin creating specific goals toward that career achievement. You’ll want to determine S.M.A.R.T goals.
S.M.A.R.T goals are a five-tiered approach toward developing, implementing, and evaluating successful goals.
S-pecific Define what is to be accomplished and the actions to be taken to accomplish it
M-easurable Ensure that your goals surround a quantifiable object that will be used to track progress toward achieving it
A-chievable Ensure that the goal is realistically attainable – something that can be accomplished
R-elevant Your goal must have a benefit
T-ime-bound Your goal must have a concrete deadline
Once you’ve identified your goals it’s time to create a plan of action. What specific steps will you take to achieve your goals? The AU 4-year career plan is a great resource in helping you determine the steps that need to be taken each year toward your career goal. A career coach is also available to help you customize that even further into an individual career plan.
Andrews Network: An online networking, mentoring and jobs board platform exclusive to the Andrews community. The Andrews Network provides a place where alumni can connect with each other and with current students. You control how involved you want to be—you can simply join and connect with a few classmates, or you can grow into an engaged mentor who offers advice and assistance to current students. As it is protected by a globally recognized privacy and security framework, you can rest assured that the Andrews Network is a secure platform. Continue scrolling below to read more about the features of the Andrews Network.
AU Innovation Center: The Andrews University Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship provides students with opportunities for experiential learning through innovation. Opportunities include on-campus internships, capstone and senior design projects, and certificate courses in innovation. Learn more about experiential opportunities from the Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship on their website here.
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