Published: 28th August 2018
What are the important aspects of career planning?
A personal and realistic career goal must be established by the graduates and they must be committed to working towards achieving it
Career planning is a vital element that plays a significant role in the lives of the youth. The advantage of having a well thought-out and well-structured career plan will always pay rich dividends for them. On the contrary, a lack of career plan will not only cast its shadow on their job environment but more importantly will also affect their psychosocial environment, to a great extent.
It must be noted that career planning is a strategic process of an ongoing nature through which an individual tries to understand as to what sort of a job or sector would suit them, establish a goal in mind to achieve and go about it in a systematic manner to make their life meaningful and valuable.
The career planning process can be understood by getting to know the following points and customising it to suit individual needs. There can be no two same options for two different individuals and students should not resort to group work on this, rather they should look at it from an individual standpoint for effective results.
Career information: The start of career planning begins with collecting career information and segmenting it on the basis of personal likes. The youth must be able to understand all the career or job opportunities available for a particular branch of study in various sectors like the Central Government, State Government, corporates, educational and research institutions and opportunities abroad. This must include the positions available, desired skill sets, industry or sector outlook, the scope for promotions and advancement apart from salary package. The selection process and the various other processes that are related to it must also be clearly understood.
Career goal: A personal and realistic career goal must be established by the graduates and they must be committed to working towards achieving it. The career goal can be based on sectors, for example, Central Government Service, State Government Service, Banking Sector, Corporate Sector or Entrepreneurship.
Career course: There can be no luck in achieving a career goal, it has to be worked on with great direction and determination. The drive for seeking a good professional life will need a certain personality adjustment to be made on the part of the individual which will shape them towards the desired destination. This career course can also involve aspects of career counselling to be taken up if necessary and more importantly, the individual will have to develop within themselves an innate quality of working towards their goal. This decision to start in a particular career through proper career planning could kick-start a graduate’s professional life.
It is something that will always add value to their educational qualifications.