Build a Career Plan

Develop a career plan based on our example.


Developing a career plan that lists your skills, interests, and goals can help you get on the right track to accomplishing your dreams. Here is a sample career plan:

Career goal:

To become a civil engineer. To design, plan, and supervise the construction of buildings, highways, and rapid transit systems.

Long-range, general abilities and requirements:

  • At least a bachelor's degree in engineering
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Creativity
  • Analytical thinking skills
  • Capacity for detail work
  • Presentation skills
  • Writing skills
  • Knowledge of physical sciences and mathematics
  • Accreditation by licensing board

Current skills, interests, and experiences:

  • Summer employment with a construction company
  • High school mathematics courses (geometry, trig, advanced math, calculus)
  • High school science courses (physics, chemistry)
  • Experience working within a team (summer employment, school organizations, course projects)
  • High school writing courses (four years of English, technical writing)
  • Top 10% of class
  • Natural creative ability and organizational skills

Short-term, specific goals to make your dreams a reality:

  • Graduate in top 10% of high school class
  • Achieve good test scores
  • Be accepted to a university with a good engineering program
  • Keep grades up to meet requirements for School of Engineering
  • Continue work experience with internship or part-time/summer employment
  • Participate in campus organizations for engineering students
  • Earn a bachelor's degree
  • Consider graduate school
  • Improve presentation and writing skills by focusing on courses designed to enhance them
  • Research license requirements

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