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Step 4: Implementation

Step 4: Implementation

The third and ongoing step in career planning is making a decision and creating an action plan. A career decision is any major choice and commitment that you feel is of importance in your life; it may or may not be directly related to work. It is true that some people seem to be more comfortable and effective than others are when it comes to making a decision. Remember that decision-making is a skill and you can improve any skill through practice. A valid decision exhibits the following process:

Making Your Career Happen

The four stages of Career Exploration interact and recur in a spiral fashion. What you will do in Implementation, including actions after securing employment, is part of the planning in Stage 3 and would be included in your PACT. A person is functioning in Implementation whenever s/he has a specific employment objective in mind and is acting to achieve that objective. Seeking a job according to a plan is the defining characteristic of Implementation. Stable and effective mentoring relationships on campus, which may provide primary support and guidance, are crucial to your success at this stage. While Career Services offers support and help, the ideal mentor is your academic advisor - a faculty member professionally knowledgeable and personally committed to helping you achieve your calling and career goals. For keeping your career on track during the Implementation stage of finding your way down the road to success, you can download a process outline.
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