Succeed in the workplace
Succeed in the workplace

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Succeed in the workplace

5.2 Building your own action plan

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Figure 8 Planning

The next activity gives you the chance to complete the third part of the career planning process (decide what to do) and move on to ‘take action’.

Activity 7 My action plan

Allow approximately 30 minutes

Now put what you have learned into practice by creating your own action plan.

First of all, choose your priority goal for the next six months. For example, you might decide that finding a paid job is your priority, or that you want to apply for promotion at work, or that you need to take a qualification related to the work you are doing or want to do. If your focus is not on work right now, you might want goals related to your relationship with your family, a role you want to play in your local community, or a sport or a craft you want to master.

When you have chosen the goal you want to work on, follow Jon’s example and create your own action plan by drawing Table 8 in your notebook or you can complete it in your Resource pack [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

Don’t forget to check your plan against the SMART criteria.

Table 8 My action plan

My goal:


What? How?



Resources to help When?



The real test is how clear you are about what you are going to do in the first few months after the course ends. Of course, you have long-term goals too, so you need to keep your plan under review to make sure you keep those in your sight.

The next section covers how to review your development plan.


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