Chapter 1: Career and Life Planning

The importance of career planning

Career planning is the beginning of career success, which will enhance your self-esteem. It is expanding your potential basically through a series of jobs which you are mostly satisfied with. By achieving career success you will have positive self-image, higher self-esteem, and more confidence in all perspective of your life.

Career Planning is a four-step process:

  1. Self-awareness: Understand your personal characteristics including interest, values, aptitude, personality, and preferred life style.
  2. Environment-awareness: Understand the world of work, and the industry, the organisations, and the position you are interested in.
  3. Practice: to gain exposures, improve skills and acquire knowledge in your career choice.
  4. Decision-making: to make a career plan that match your characteristics with the demands of the employment market.

Plan carefully and realistically, be flexible which are essential at this stage.

Warm up Exercise

This warm up exercise helps you to clarify common thoughts in job hunting and
career planning. Check the boxes if you agree with the statement next to it.

You can discuss your ideas with friends, family, or anyone you can trust. If you have questions about these statements you are always welcomed to ask our counsellors and staff.

Proceed to Chapter 2: Your Experience Counts