Career Planning

  • Is a lifelong process.

  • Begins by exploring your interest and abilities.

  • Is a strategic plan of creating your future by exploring careers, training programs, and becoming qualified

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Use the Employment 101 Guide to walk you through these steps with easy access to the tools you will need.  Once you have an account, the guide it is available in your Illinois workNet Account Dashboard!  Get started today!


Step 1 - Explore Careers

  1. Find jobs that match your interest by using the skills and interest surveys.  Some surveys include:
    • Career Cluster Inventory:  Provides a graph indicating how your interests match up to each career cluster area.
    • Interest Profiler:  Organizes interests into 6 categories of work.
    • Skills Profiler:  Lists top 30 occupations that match your skills. Calculates Holland Personality Type.
    • Work Importance Locator:  Provides scores for 6 work values and occupations for each work value.
  2. Learn about those jobs.  Look at:
    • Working conditions
    • Wages and trends
    • Skills, knowledge, job duties
    • Required training and credentials.


Step 2 - Explore Training

  1. Look at the training and credentials that are required for jobs you are considering to pursue.
  2. Look at the training programs in Illinois.  Things to consider:
    • How long will it take to complete the training program?
    • When and where is training offered?  What changes will need to be made to your schedule to attend training?  How far do you need to travel to participate in the training?
    • How much does it cost?  What are some options to help pay for training?
    • Does the training prepare you to earn required credentials?
  3. Compare the programs and decide if you are committed to completing the training.

Step 3 - Get Qualified

  1. Make a plan!   Include:
    • Short and long term goals
    • Ways to stay motivated and overcome the obstacles as they may come up
    • How to fund this plan - How are you going to pay for training? 
  2. Get involved with trade associations in your chosen career area.
  3. Learn about credentialing  and how it will benefit you when you go apply for a position.