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Creating A Career Action Plan

The California Career Center Career Action Plan is where you record your occupational goals and the actions necessary to reach your goals. Your Career Action Plan can be updated as often as needed.

Use the following instructions to complete your Career Action Plan when logged into your My Stuff account

1. Explore Occupations I 

Use the California CareerZone website to identify occupations that match your interests. Go to the California CareerZone and set up your free account. Then select “Assess Yourself”. Then select the “Interest Profiler” and choose the 30 question-mini version. After completing the assessment, explore occupations on the results list and bookmark any that look interesting to you. Choose at least three of your bookmarked occupations then return to the California Career Center and fill in the Explore Occupations I section of your Career Action Plan.

2. Explore Occupations II 

Use the California CareerZone website to identify occupations that match your lifestyle goals. Log into your California CareerZone account. Select “Make Money Choices”. Select “Budget how much money you’ll need” and follow the prompts. After completing your budget, explore occupations on the results list and bookmark any that look interesting to you. Choose at least three of your bookmarked occupations and return to the California Career Center and fill in the Explore Occupations II section of your Career Action Plan. 

3. Occupation to Research 

Review the occupations you identified in the Explore Occupations I and II sections of your Career Action Plan. Choose one occupation to begin researching as the focus of your Career Action Plan. If you need help deciding, go back to the California CareerZone occupations you bookmarked and compare profiles to see which occupation is the best match for you.

4. Degree and/or Certification Required 

Use the Occupational Outlook Handbook website to discover the training, education, certification, and/or license you’ll need to enter this occupation. On the Occupational Outlook Handbook homepage, type your occupation’s title into the “Search Handbook” box. Look for your occupation in the results list and click on the title. On the profile, look for the tab “How to Become One”. Read the requirements for how to become one to see what you need to enter and advance in that occupation. Return to the California Career Center and fill in the Degree and/or Certification Required section of your Career Action Plan. 

5. Education and/or Training Programs 

Use the California CareerZone “Education and Training” information to identify schools and programs for your occupation. Log into your California CareerZone account. Use your bookmark to go to your occupation’s profile page; find the “Education and/or Training” section to see a list of programs; select a building icon next to a program option to see a list of schools. Select a school’s name to see the “Institution Profile”. Choose the school’s website link to find details about programs they offer. Identify programs you think are a good match for you. Return to the California Career Center and fill in the Education and/or Training programs section of your Career Action Plan.

6. Related Experiences 

Identify things you’ve already done to prepare for your occupation: 1) Courses you've completed could be in high school, community college, or online; 2) Extracurricular Activities include clubs, sports, music, internships, or volunteering; 3) Awards earned in academics, citizenship, sports, or Career Technical Student Organizations; 4) Certifications you have earned could be a First Aid Card, Career Technical Education, or ServSafe.

7. Future Experiences 

Identify experiences that can help you prepare for your occupation. Start by looking at your occupation’s California CareerZone’s profile. Read the sections “What They Do” and “Things They Need to Know” and think about jobs, internships, community organizations, volunteering, classes, and training opportunities that can provide experiences to get that preparation.

8. Supporters 

Identify two or three people you can count on to help you prepare for and enter your occupation. Write down 1) each person’s contact information; 2) describe your relationship with them; 3) and state what they can do to help you. For example, My Career Tech Ed teacher (Mr. Thatcher) can put me in touch with industry organizations and potential employers. Then find two industry organizations related to your occupation. Go to the CareerOneStop Professional Association Finder web page and search for your occupation. 

9. Plan of Action 

Describe the steps you’ll take—starting now—to prepare for transitioning out of high school and into additional education, including training programs, or directly into the workforce. In every step of your plan, include the outcome for the step, the specific actions to take to reach that outcome, the resources, people to involve, and when the step will be completed.

10. Plan B 

Describe an alternate plan of action for a Plan B goal. This could mean taking an alternative path to your preferred occupation (community college instead of a four-year college), identifying a related occupation (nursing assistant instead of registered nurse), or choosing an entirely different one (sports therapist instead of professional athlete). 

11. Resources 

Write in the websites and books you used; list meetings you attended and any visits you made to companies, colleges, and training schools.