Setting Clear Goals and Have a Career Plan Laid Out

With the development of society and the passage of time, the future job market is becomeing increasingly competitive. Some students, when they first enter college, become engrossed in leisure activities, neglecting their studies. Others feel anxious about employment but lack a clear direction. Some may lead a busy but possibly meandering path. 

Career planning can not only help students save time and experiences in the future but also unearth their potential and strengthen their abilities. How to plan your career during college, in order to prepare for future job competition, has become a hot topic and educational direction in today's schools. At this stage, students should gain a comprehensive understanding of themselves, clarifying their future direction and goals as early as possible.


MBTI; 16 personalities test

Self-awareness can be divided into personality, interests and hobbies, abilities, and skill levels. Personality is a unique trait of each individual but can generally be categorized into specific types using various methods. During college, students can allocate regular time to participate in personality and career interest tests to continually gain a clearer understanding of themselves. 

Holland's Career Interest Test, MBTI's career personality test, and others are relatively authoritative personality tests. Interests and hobbies can also be explored during college by joining clubs and extracurricular activities and trying things that haven't been previously explored. Often, personality and interests complement each other. Additionally, you should have an objective assessment of your own abilities and skills, by browsing job search websites (eg, Recruitery) to understand your skill gaps.

Environmental Analysis

Environmental analysis can begin with the SWOT model (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats). Strengths and weaknesses can be addressed through self-exploration, while opportunities and challenges need to be sought in the environment. The environment can be divided into several aspects: family, school, relationships, and society. It is difficult to change the family environment while altering the societal environment is beyond one's control, and these should be viewed objectively. The school environment is the most critical aspect for college students and also requires rational analysis, especially regarding faculty, facilities, etc. 

Opportunities at school should be sought and utilized as much as possible, and any shortcomings can be compensated for through additional personal efforts. By engaging in activities related to your career interests, you can build a network of high-quality contacts and a circle of friends, which is helpful for your future career prospects.

Career Interests and Analysis

students on internship

Likewise, students should start to discover careers they are interested in or specific job positions early on. You can begin with career positions that align with your major or future career direction and refer to job search websites for the respective job descriptions and requirements. 

You can try multiple internships in various positions or work on related projects, match your abilities with company needs, and find the right direction. You should also pay attention to the job market's competitiveness and future prospects for such positions and design an appropriate career plan.

Setting Goals

Once you've conducted a basic self-analysis, you can set some goals to help you move in the right direction. You can start with big goals (e.g., joining a specific company or obtaining a particular position) and break down these big goals into different small goals: long-term, medium-term, and short-term. Determine the specific plan for achieving each goal, including the time, method, and quantifiable details.

Specific Implementation Plan

The implementation plan will be broken down further from different goals, confirming schedules on a monthly, weekly, and daily basis. You should periodically reflect on your progress and make dynamic adjustments. When necessary, adjust your career plan or larger goals to ensure that you're on the right track at your own pace and have the confidence to move in the right direction.

Final Thoughts

In life's journey, each small choice continually shapes your future direction. A well-thought-out career plan not only serves as a guiding light when you're lost but also allows you to notice deviations and make corrections. As you navigate your way through college, embrace your youthful journey and take confident steps toward your dreams. Remember, it's the path you create that defines your future.