A career plan can help you work out what jobs suit your interests and abilities, then help you work out how to get it.
How to create a career plan
Putting together a career plan normally involves:
- Identifying your skills, goals and interests
- Picking a job, course or training program that relates to those skills, goals and interests
- Coming up with a strategy to get into work or training that leads to your chosen job
Remember: your career plan isn't about locking you in. You can change it if you need to. A good career plan should grow and change as you do. It's also a good idea to revisit your career plan to see how you're tracking or get some inspirations.
Career planning resources online
Here's a brief overview of some websites with step-by-step guides, tips and tools for planning your career:
- Career Interest Explorer - this 5-minute quiz matches your interests to relevant industries and training (it's on an apprenticeships website, but the results are useful for anyone planning their career)
- MyFuture - Sign up for free to this government website and build a profile that lists your skills and interests, then match them to jobs in a career profile database
- A Career Plan - The Victorian Government's careers website presents a five-step process for career planning
- Graduate Careers - Your Career and You (PDF, 576kb) - This booklet is designed to help students and graduates understand their skills and attributes by doing a number of written exercises