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My Career Plan Diagram LOOKING FOR A JOB<br /> Whether you're looking for a full-time job after graduation, a summer or part-time job to pay the bills or an internship to get experience and build skills, this section will provide you with tips and resources for finding a job that's right for you. LEARNING ABOUT MYSELF<br /> The most important element in finding a career that's right for you is you! Find out how your personal characteristics, interests, experiences and abilities can point you in the direction of a career that's a great fit for you! MAKING CONNECTIONS<br /> Connecting with others is one of the most important aspects of your career development. Find out how to build and utilize networks effectively. EXPLORING MY OPTIONS<br /> In order to choose a career path that excites you, you need to do some research into fields and occupations you're interested in. Learn more about career research, including the possibility of applying to graduate school or a post-degree professional program.

Your career plan will provide you with tools and information to help you explore your career options, build experience, prepare for your future career, and find a job—whether it's your first job after graduation or a part-time or summer job for right now.

Recommended Sequence

You'll notice there's no beginning or end to the My Career Plan diagram; that's because your needs, skills, interests, and circumstances are constantly changing- different areas will be more important to you at different times in your life. However, the following sequence is the one we recommend at the Career Centre for students looking to create their career and find a rewarding job in their field after graduation—even if they don't yet know what that career or field is! We recommend working through My Career Plan in this order to help you move forward in a logical way as you embark on your career exploration and job search.

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Making Connections

Understand how connecting with others relates to your career.

Your connections can provide valuable information for your career exploration and possible opportunities when searching for a job. Looking at the connections you already have, thinking about ways you can connect with others in the future, and developing the skills to use your connections in mutually beneficial ways is the first step in your career plan.

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Learning About Myself

Learn more about self assessment.

There are a number of key aspects of yourself that you should be able to identify and articulate clearly before starting your career exploration, including your skills, abilities, experiences, likes and dislikes, beliefs, desires and accomplishments. The knowledge you gain in this part of your career plan forms the foundation of your career exploration which is why we recommend this as the second step.

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Exploring My Options

Explore your career and further education options.

The third step in your career plan involves finding out more about potential careers. Once you've taken the time to really understand who you are and what you want in your career, you need to do some research into fields and occupations you think might be a good fit for you. You may even consider applying to graduate school or a post-degree professional program to gain more specialized knowledge in your field of interest.

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Looking for a Job

Learn more about conducting a successful job search.

Looking for a job is recommended as the final step in your career plan because the most successful job searches are targeted job searches…and you can't target your job search if you don't know who you are or what you're looking for. At this step, you may need to build skills and experience in the world of work or in your particular field of choice, or you may need to connect with employers in your field. You'll certainly need to put together a strong resume and cover letter and work on your interview skills so that you can be successful in articulating just what it is that makes you a great candidate for the job you want.

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