Planning my career

Just like planning a major holiday, planning your career requires time, dedicated research and careful reflection. Important elements of career decision making include:

  1. Self reflection
  2. Gathering information and research options
  3. Making decisions

Self reflection

To make a well informed career choice you need to know yourself well and be clear about your key criteria in relation to your future. This includes understanding your:

  • Goals - these can include your vision, dreams, hopes, drive or passion.
  • Values and interests - things you consider meaningful and have an interest in.
  • Skills, knowledge and experience - that you both possess and intend to develop.
  • Work style - the conditions and environment that will bring out your best.
  • Salary and location - your preferred income and commute distance.

Attend our relevant workshops and work through the My Career Profile on MyFuture to assist you in your career planning and decision-making.

Login to our online Career Assessment Tool to explore your work motivations, preferences, values and more via a range of interactive quizzes. Whether you are beginning your career, have many years of experience or are unsure of your career direction, reflecting on your motivations, preferences, values and working style can be useful when considering your current role and desired career path.

Gathering information and researching options

Use the web, our library of resources and your own networks to thoroughly investigate career options of interest. Also research the labour market to discover the job and salary prospects associated with your preferred career options. Useful links are listed on the right.

Making decisions

Now that you have all the facts you will be able to make a decision. Refer to the Making Good Career Decisions page for guidance on taking this next step.

Start now!

The perfect time to start planning your career is now. Whether you're in first year or your final year of study there are strategies you can implement to advance your career prospects:

  • In your first years at university EXPLORE your strengths and the skill and knowledge development your degree provides.
  • In your penultimate year at university PLAN to increase your employability skills, build your resume and investigate career opportunities for graduates.
  • In your final year at university APPLY your knowledge about career options, target your preferred employers and put the finishing touches on your resume.