The Career Planning Checklist is designed to give you year by year guidance on how and when to
take steps necessary to ensure that you are venturing into a career field that is rewarding,
suited to your interests and abilities, and one in which you can continue to find success. It is
designed to capture your career planning progress. It covers all the requirements necessary for
you to plan your career path for success.
The first year involves Self Exploration & Assessment. The second year covers all the elements
needed for further Career Exploration. The third year guides your Career Decisions, and in year
four year it directs your -Strategic Job & Graduate School Search.
It is important that you print this form and record all your career-related activities for each
academic year of your programme. Ensure that all required signatures are obtained from the
departments stated on the form, As soon as you have completed the requirements please return it
to the Career & Employment Services Department at the end of each school year.
Career development is a life-long process; the sooner you begin, the more likely you are to make
choices and decisions that will help you meet your long-term career goals.
We encourage you to use this checklist as a guide to your career planning.
Please print, complete and visit the office of Career & Employment Services at the end of each
semester/school year, as necessary.
Choosing a career path is never an easy task. Most people change
careers approximately seven times in their lifetime, so there is a
lot of evaluation and re-evaluation that needs to be done periodically.
You will need to decide on your priorities and the lifestyle you want to choose the work that fits
your personal needs as well as your skills and interests.
The first step is to know yourself. Answer these two questions:
What do you do well? What do you enjoy doing?
This will help you identify your strengths and interests.
What do you find easy to do? What are your talents? Think about these
things and discuss them with another person to see what talents you have that can be
used in different occupations.
Make a list of skills you have (operate machinery, language, computer
skills, certificates, diplomas, etc)
Be honest with yourself and list your qualities. You can also ask
others to help you with this list.
How much responsibility do you want within a job? Do you work better
within a team or part of a group or do you like to work independently and make your own
decisions? Consider the pros and cons of both.
Make a list of your work interests and your hobbies. These may help in
the type of job you would like. Also keep in mind that some hobbies should stay
What do you want your job to offer you? List them by importance.
Understand that in order to have one thing, you may need to sacrifice another. To work
through something like this, write out each of the values that are important to you.
You don’t have to wait for a company to advertise openings before applying to it. In fact, simply
identifying a target company puts you ahead of most job seekers, who only know that they want a job… and
not much else.
Start by defining what you want to do for your desired company. Next, find the name of the person you’d
be working for. You can look at the company’s web site for organizational charts, often found under
“About Us “or a similar link, or just pick up the phone and call to get the manger’s name.
Once you have the name of the potential boss, it is time to write your cover letter. The more customized
and specific your letter is, the better. Be sure to research the firm and learn as much as possible
about THEIR problems, which are YOUR opportunities. This will help you propose solutions that make
employers sit up and notice.
West Prospect DistrictSt. Catherine P.O.
August 8, 2008
Norman SpenceCanaan Dream Homes7 Villa RoadShop 8, Q PlazaMandeville
I am submitting my application for consideration to fill the position of Manager in your
I have recently completed my Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Management Studies
with an emphasis in Human Resource Management at the Northern Caribbean University.
Through leadership in my University’s Business Club, I have begun to refine my
leadership, management and planning skills which I believe will make a positive impact
in your organization. My exposure gained in core courses such as Strategic Management,
Real Estate Practices, and Operations Management as well as numerous lecture series and
seminars has prepared me sufficiently for a career in the world of Business.
I am confident that I will be able to contribute my time and service effectively in
aiding the development and continued growth of Canaan Dream Homes.
I have attached my résumé for your perusal. I am available for an interview at a time
most convenient to you.
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As career development professionals we offer an immense
of resources to utilize as we work with our students and recruiters.
We have listed career tutorials below for you! You can click to download the files
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it has also become the tool
of choice among employers seeking to fill
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and jobseekers to be concerned about the numerous
mistakes that are made, impeding
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success will tell you it did not happen
by accident. Similarly, if seeking professional
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Career Sites are always valuable
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We have listed a few just for you!