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Planning your next career steps

If you have analysed your current skill set it’s now time to start look at the next steps you can take towards career progression.

Graphic showing a crane moving letters to spell PLAN What are you working towards?

If you already have a specific job in mind, you should research it thoroughly. There are various ways in which this can be done:

  • Speak to someone already doing the job;
  • Read through job descriptions and profiles;
  • Conduct research on the Internet.

If you are unsure which direction you would like to go in, Learn Direct [new window] provide descriptions of over 700 jobs. You can also discuss your options with a Learn Direct careers adviser. If you have completed a course of study, your college or university may also have a careers advisory service.

Planning how to achieve your next career goal

Once you know more about the role you aspire to, you should start planning how you are going to achieve your goal. There are many activities that you can undertake to help you gain the experience and skills you need. These include:

  • Job shadowing;
  • Getting involved with projects at work;
  • Volunteer work;
  • Keeping up to date with industry news;
  • Training courses;
  • Further study;
  • Mentoring.

After deciding what will be the best course of action for you, you should aim to keep a development action plan. This will help you stay on track and monitor your progress.

Professional development - How 2

The professional development how to guide [new window] will help you get started with this. You can also maintain and monitor your professional development using the IET’s online professional development system, Career Manager, where you can build a job profile and set objectives against it in order to achieve the role you want.