Career Planning for Employees

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ACC employees can access LinkedIn Learning for tutorials and workshops on career planning.

Visit the LinkedIn Learning catalog on Workday Learn, or bookmark the link directly Suggested career topics include: emotional intelligence, leadership development, career development, personal branding, resume writing, and interviewing skills.

Exploring Career Options

Before jumping into planning for a career, consider taking some self-assessments and exploring related careers. Once you have identified and selected some career possibilities, it is time for you to work on the steps that need to be taken to achieve your career goals.

To help narrow your choices and develop a step-by-step career plan, follow these suggestions:

  1. Record self-assessment results
    • Career assessments can help you focus on your strengths, skills, and interests and link them to possible careers.
    • Use this section of My Career Plan Worksheet to summarize and record the results of each career assessment that you have taken.
    • If you have not already done so, go to the Career Exploration tab, choose one of the links to career sites, and choose among a number of free assessments to use for this first portion of your career plan.
  2. Match your interests to career research
    • List careers that interest you in the first column of this section of your worksheet. Some of these may be as a result of your assessments taken.
    • During your research, find and jot down notes on employment outlook, earnings, and job requirements for each career listed in the spaces provided. Some places to research might be O*Net OnlineCareer One Stop, or the Texas Workforce Commission.
    • Review your education, skills, and knowledge and compare this to the requirements you have recorded.
    • If there is a gap between your set of skills, education, or knowledge and those you have recorded, note what that gap may be in your last column. This helps identify what you need to work on to meet the job requirements.
  • Identify related careers that interest you at ACC. 
  • Go to the eHire job description or Key Job Requirements At a Glance and jot down the requirements for these positions at ACC.
  • Identify additional experience, education, training, or knowledge you would need to obtain in order to be considered for each position you listed.

Visit Career Paths at ACC – Exploring Options.

Narrow Your Options

  • Select careers that you have previously listed in ‘My Career Plan Worksheet’ from the steps 2 and 3.
  • Narrow your choices to two at this time.
  • Choose one as your first choice and record.
  • The other will be your second choice. Record on your worksheet.

Create Your Action Plan

  • Focus on your first choice in step 4 of the worksheet, Narrow your options.
  • Write down a goal you need to meet in order to pursue this career choice.
  • List the steps you will need to take in order to meet that goal.
  • Assign target dates for each step.
  • Check off as you accomplish each step. Provide yourself with a mini-reward when you accomplish each step.

Address Possible Barriers

  • Record at least one roadblock that might prevent or delay you from meeting the goal listed in step 5 on the worksheet.
  • List what you could do to prevent that barrier from occurring, something you could do to lessen the impact of that barrier upon your plan, and/or something you do to resolve that issue if it occurs.

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