Take Advantage Of Your Career Plan

February 23, 2015

Why do we need to plan our career? Can’t we just let our destiny do the chore? Hiring managers and Human Resource personnel often hear these questions from their staff and applicants when the topic career plan is being talked about.

So, in order to address this topic, they hold seminars on how to plan one’s career properly. Here are some of the topics that must be tackled in a career planning seminar:

###Start With Yourself

You would be asked by an applicant, “Why should I attend a career planning seminar?” Then, you would think for a minute and would answer, “It is almost half of your life.” Well, indeed. A person’s career comprises nearly half of his or her life so it is really necessary to take some time to plan one’s career.

As a hiring manger, you need to encourage applicants to learn how to decide on their own. Tell them to choose a career that is related to their passion because they can only excel if they love what they are doing. In addition to this, make them realize the consequences when they choose a career that they don’t love.

###Seek A Career Advisor

It is what you are here for. Tell them what you can do to help them. As a Human Resource Specialist, you know well how to assess applicants. By just the first few words they uttered and by the way they moved while talking, you could already tell what kind of career they want. In this way, you can already educate them about the available careers that are good for them.

##The 3 Stages Of Career Planning

It is very important that you educate your applicants and staff about the 3 stages of career planning. It will be very helpful to them as they go on with their career.

  • 1) Early career planning stage - This is the stage when a person needs to decide what career he or she would like to take. A person with an age range of 16-33 is under this stage. In this stage, an individual chooses a college course and his or her first-ever job.
  • As an expert in the Human Resource field, you must explain to them how choosing a first job can impact their career in the years to come.

  • 2) Mid-stage career planning - In this stage, a person has already accumulated several years of experience in the field he or she has previously chosen. There may be a few career changes along the way. Yet, people under this stage are still unsure on what career path to take until the dusk of their lives. They already have knowledge about career changes and its consequences, but they don’t yet have the courage to face what is in store for them.
  • Your job now is to encourage them to not limit their career growth by providing concrete examples of successful people who have bravely pushed their fears away.

  • 3) Late-stage career planning - If the person is beyond 50 years old, you need to educate him or her about the available career plan options for him or her.
  • Majority of people under this stage have already retired from work. Hence, you should provide them the alternative careers that they can shift to after retirement. You can advise them to do some freelance works, open their own business or just work part-time.