Action planning

Developing a career action plan allows you to monitor your progress as you work towards your goals.

Graphic showing a crane moving letters to spell PLAN A career action plan will help you to stay on track as you work towards achieving your career goals. Before you formulate an action plan, you will need to review the information that you gathered about yourself and your chosen occupation. Your findings may have an impact on the actions that you set yourself.

Developing a career action plan

There is no right way to complete a development action plan. You can find further information from the IET’s professional development how to (PD How2) guide, however, there are some basic guidelines you can follow to help get you started:

  • Determine the skills you need;
  • focus your learning;
  • get the balance right between activities;
  • prioritise your learning;
  • pay attention to the level of detail;
  • set a review date.

Your action plan should be realistic and you should endeavour to make a contingency plan in case you are not able to realise your first choice of career or course.

Improve your employability

If you feel that you do not have the skills or experience required for your chosen career, there are many things you can do, some examples include;

  • Pursue a training course;
  • take evening classes;
  • volunteer to take on extra responsibility in your current job;
  • undertake volunteer work.

A mentor, careers adviser or a family member will be able to provide you with objective feedback on your plan. If you would like the support of a mentor, you can apply for one through the IET’s mentoring service.