Ten Steps to Planning Your Career

Ten Steps to Planning Your Career


Develop a career plan. Think about what you want to do and find out what's required to help you get there. Three good tools that are used frequently in the Service are:

Another great resource is the Job Profiles website. Here people who actually do different jobs have already conducted the interviews for you.

Region 5 has created a good resource called "The Employee Guide to Career Development". Click on the link and check it out. Please note that this document is on the FWS Intranet, so if you're not a Service employee, you won't be able to access it.


Assess your skills and interests. What do you like to do? Are there tasks you beg to do and others you have to force yourself to do? What jobs match your temperament? Some web sites you might want to check out are:

3. Research occupations that you are or may potentially be interested in. Interviews again are a good source of information, but for general information such as salary trends, outlook, etc. check out the on-line Occupational Outlook Handbook.
4. Compare your skills and interests with the occupations you're interested in.
5. Choose your career goal - this is where you start planning. Both a long-term and a short-term goal should be identified.

Select training programs and other activities that will help you both develop in your current job, and help you get closer to reaching that "dream" job. Three great sources that offer training for government employees are:

Don't forget about your local colleges and universities though. If you don't have that degree and it's needed in your future, begin to work on it as soon as possible.

7. What assistance is available to you? If the course is job related, you may be able to get the Service to pay for it. If not, maybe you can earn a scholarship or grant from the school. Or maybe you have to pay for it yourself -- is the investment now potentially worth the benefit in the future?
8. Network, network, network. In the Service, getting a new job is often about networking. Talk to people, let them know what you are interested in doing, sign up for that mentoring program, etc. You've got to grease the wheels to make things happen.
9. Get your application materials together. Keep a database of commonly asked KSA's for the jobs you're interested in. If you want some help working on your application materials, check out the information at the USA Jobs website.

Check out some of these other internet resources.

The Individual Development Plan is a tool that is now required for all Service personnel. It's been around for a long time and can be a great assist in completing steps 5-10. Click on the Next button below to learn more about the IDP.

This material was adapted from the website http://mappingyourfuture.org/planyourcareer

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