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Make a career plan to help you reach your goals. Following a plan can help you get the job of your choice.

A career plan includes:

  • Your career goals
  • Steps needed to reach your goals
  • Your skills and interests
  • Training and education programs so you can learn new skills
  • Time needed to reach your goals

Follow these steps to achieve your goals:

Step 1: Start Your Plan
Step 2: Explore Career and Training
Step 3: Set Goals and a Timeline Use the S.M.A.R.T Goal Method:
Use a calendar and take the steps to complete your Short-Term GoalsShort-term goals can be completed in 1 to 3 months
and may include:
  • Applying for financial aid
  • Calculating monthly
    budget
  • Creating a resume
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and Long-Term GoalsLong-Term goals can be completed in 6 or more months
and may include:
  • Making a career change
  • Completing a training
    program
  • Getting the job you want
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