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Sample Strategies to Reach a Career Goal

Select those strategies from the following list that will help you develop a plan and bring you closer to your career goal. Include other steps that may not be on the list but would be important strategies to reaching your goal.

Some of the listed steps are general, make yours specific and tailored to your goal. Use the S.M.A.R.T. technique (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time lines) to make your plan effective and your goal attainable.

For example:

  1. Enroll in Intro to Computers to develop computer skills
  2. Become familiar with career resources in the Library
  3. Read the business section of the newspaper at least twice a week.
  4. Attend a resume workshop on campus.
  5. Attend CCRI’s fall Transfer Fair.
  6. Become familiar with career resources
  7. Commit to good study habits to keep a 3.50 GPA.
  8. Conduct an informational interview with someone in my field of interest.
  9. Create a phone list of contacts for networking.
  10. Develop a career action plan.
  11. Develop a career portfolio.
  12. Develop computer skills.
  13. Develop enthusiasm for my career search.
  14. Develop “success” qualities. (e.g., enthusiasm, good communicator, quick learner, confident, competent).
  15. Do volunteer work (e.g., Dept. of Elderly Affairs).
  16. Enroll in Cooperative Education.
  17. Enroll in the Career Information Seminar (PSYC1110).
  18. Explore careers that match my interests.
  19. Figure out what I might be good at by taking self-assessment tests.
  20. Find a mentor in my area of career interests.
  21. Find out how to get college credit for life experience.
  22. Get a summer job to help pay for school.
  23. Identify and improve upon skills I have that will be valued in the work world.
  24. Identify careers that match my personality traits.
  25. Identify growing career fields in the geographic location of my choice.
  26. Identify on-the-job training opportunities.
  27. Identify trade journals in my career field.
  28. Join a campus club to find out what interests me.
  29. Join a professional association. Check the Encyclopedia of Associations.
  30. Keep a journal of thoughts & information that I gather on my career.
  31. Locate career information on the Internet.
  32. Make a list of people to contact for job search help.
  33. Make a list of things I like to do.
  34. Make a list of what my values are or what matters to me.
  35. Make an appointment with _____ (e.g., career counselors, professionals in my field, etc.)
  36. Make an appointment with an academic advisor.
  37. Make arrangements to Job Shadow
  38. Observe "successful" people. Model their behavior
  39. Plan an internship
  40. Practice interviewing with a friend.
  41. Read about RI employment trends in Career Anchor.
  42. Read about resumes in Job Choices.
  43. Read material on interesting careers.
  44. Read motivational literature (books, magazines).
  45. Read the Business page of the newspaper.
  46. Read the Education section in the Sunday Journal.
  47. Read up on potential colleges to transfer to.
  48. Request an audit review with an academic counselor.
  49. Research military career training.
  50. Research scholarships using________.
  51. Research the education required for my career.
  52. Research using the OOH (Occupational Outlook Handbook).
  53. Review career goals periodically.
  54. Review my career plan and make adjustments if needed.
  55. Review various career and business publications.
  56. Routinely check the newspaper for local job fairs.
  57. Send away for career information (colleges, professional associations).
  58. Take a course in_____(e.g., Excel, Word etc.).
  59. Take a reading & studies skills course to develop good study habits.
  60. Take CCRI 1000 Student Success course.
  61. Take self-assessment tests (interests, values).
  62. Take some courses to explore my interest.
  63. Talk to faculty about my major and career goals.
  64. Talk to Financial Aid about Work-Study eligibility.
  65. Target and research companies and employers.
  66. Use the library for career research.
  67. Use the yellow pages to identify potential employers.
  68. View an interview video.
  69. View career videos.
  70. Visit my college career center.
  71. Visit the Department of Labor and Training (DLT).
  72. Visit the Jobs and Internships office.
  73. Visit the local Chamber of Commerce for info on RI businesses and industries.

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Last Updated: 8/4/16