Abstract: In this article, we talk about 5 steps in order to plan your career effectively to reach your career plan goal. We talk about knowing your interest, researching about your dream job, the importance of a good resume and LinkedIn profile, filling gaps in your skillset, and ultimately believing in yourself
Let’s start by understanding the meaning of a Career plan:
It’s a journey of self-discovery, like any other process it requires planning, organizing, and execution of different tasks.
Completion of each task brings you one step closer to your long-term career plan. The advancement happens by achieving short term goals step by step.
One should have a detailed plan of the subjects to choose, courses to pursue, extracurricular activities to indulge, and internships to apply to land in on the interview table for their dream job.
Research is the most important aspect of a career plan, one needs to tap as many sources as they can and make a custom plan for themselves.
Self-awareness plays a critical role in the path of a career plan.
The very first step to an informed decision is knowledge of self. List down all the subjects that hold your interest. It could be social science, mathematics, English, etc.
It is less likely to have a specific list of subjects that interest you, we as humans are versatile creatures. Most definitely, while choosing our career paths we get confused amongst our choice of interests
We suggest to pen everything down. From your favorite subjects to study to your favorite movie genres to your favorite books to read. Dig deep into your consciousness!
Be as specific as you can get.
Research about the day at your dream job, analyze the job title, requirements, responsibilities, and duties. Make a list of career plan aligning with your area of interest.
The more research you’ll do on your interests, the more informed choice you will make!
Now that you have done your part, it is the right time to take an evaluation test.
Often, we think we know ourselves better than anyone else, and often we are incorrect.
It is less likely that you will ask yourself the right questions to know your interests, so let a career test do the job for you.
It will only take 10-15 minutes in answering the multiple-choice questions. Be as instinctive as you can be ie don’t think too much before answering a question.
Here is a career test we recommend using: https://www.yourfreecareertest.com/career-tests/free-career-test-for-students/
This test will give you a detailed report based on your answers.
The report will have subject areas of interest namely:
Social Science, Business, Science, Healthcare, Multimedia, Education and Communication, etc.
This way, you will get some clarity on which subjects interest you the most. It will also tell you about different job opportunities that these subjects have 3-6 years down the line.
Now that you have some detailed information about yourself, you can one by one research in detail about these job opportunities and career plan to follow.
For example, if my career evaluation test shows that I will be a good fit for a job position as a Public Relations Personnel. I will look at the following prospects
What is the degree required to apply for jobs?
Is there any course I can pursue to up my skill set to gain chances of employment.?
What are the different full-time job roles for PR Personnel?
What field does it come in?
Can I work part-time?
What are the responsibilities of a PR Person?
What are on-the-job duties that they require to do?
Do they work individually or in a team?
Who are major employers organizations that employ PR Personnel?
What will be my salary growth within 5 years?
What else can I pursue to grow my career in this field?
Now that you have a slight inclination towards one career plan,
Try to get in contact with someone who has made the same choice. Talk about their experience in detail and get some insight.
Do not consider their advice as concrete, listen to them to get another perspective before making the final decision.
Try to ask them the right questions, a few questions that we recommend asking are:
Chances are, after getting these questions answered. You will get more clarity, that is this for you or not!
Again, If you cannot find a trusted senior, you can always consult a Career plan or hunt for an appropriate candidate on LinkedIn. You will be surprised to see how willing people can be to share their experiences.
Now that you have a fair idea about the profile after getting a lot of insight,
It is highly likely that your current profile is not tailor-made for your dream career path. You will know the different courses you could pursue to better your profile.
Apart from technical qualifications, a lot of other skills need to be picked to build an effective resume which increases the chances of getting shortlisted.
As you go in detail of job qualifications, responsibilities, and duties. You can figure out the gap that you have and fill it by going for a short- term course, an internship, or maybe a part-time job opportunity that reflects well on your resume.
For example: If you want to work as a teacher in a coaching institute. They will require you to have some professional experience in tutoring along with the adequate educational qualification
One platform that can help you get the experience you need is Chegg India.
You can apply for our Subject Matter Expert part-time opportunity. It enables professionals/freshers/students to share their knowledge with those who need it
The process is quite simple:
If you pass the test, there are no other formalities to prove your competency in the given subject
You can become a Subject Matter Expert and answer queries in your own time. It works on a pay per answer model and It will give you the experience you need while working from the comfort of your home.
There are many ways to build your profile. One can also apply for internships using Internshala and LinkedIn.
Online courses have also become a thing. One can learn skills ranging from data analytics, coding, creative writing, painting, cooking to public speaking at platforms like Udemy, Unacademy, and Youtube, etc.
Most companies shortlist the candidates by screening a resume in Step 1 of the recruitment process. If you fail to build an impressive resume, chances are you will never get to the interview stage.
We recommend doing thorough research before finalizing your resume. Here is a video that can help:
Now let’s talk about the importance of LinkedIn
LinkedIn is a platform to build your professional network. If an employer wants to run a background check on your profile, your LinkedIn profile is the first thing they will check!
LinkedIn not on helps in building network but also It provides a space to celebrate your career advancements, achievements, and professional journey.
It is important to build a detailed profile and keep updating about what have you been up to in your career. LinkedIn will definitely help you in Step 3 of the career plan as well.
You can always approach people through LinkedIn, by sending them a connection request and gently ask your queries which are relevant to them.
Some Do and Don’ts for effective LinkedIn Profile building are as follows:
1) Build a qualitative network: Connect with people who align with your career path and are related to the field you want to work in
2) Regular Professional Updates: Keep your profile up to date by posting relevant things every other week. For eg: You can post about internships, research work, blogs and more
3) Appreciate your network: Celebrate each other’s achievements over LinkedIn
1) Build a quantitative network: Sending and accepting the connection request of everyone, It will make your feed flooded with irrelevant posts.
2) Professional Content: Avoid talking about sensitive topics like politics, religion on your LinkedIn profile
3) Courtesy: Do not expect everyone you approach to answer your queries, Be patient and courteous while contacting people on LinkedIn.
Never underestimate the power of knowing yourself while taking decisions about your career. There is a reason why career plan is becoming exceedingly important.
A lot of options are available to us, Hence an informed choice is mandatory to make the most of it! Majority of the effort has to come from the individual so that he/she can make a decision worth taking forward
There is scope in terms of money and growth in just about any profession. What is most important is to be prepared to face the challenges to reach the height: career plan you have for yourself.
We at Chegg wish you good luck and We hope you reach your career goal and benefit from a comprehensive Career plan!