5 Ways to Kick Start Your Career Readiness Plan (With a Purpose!)
Jul 11, 2022
Fear of the future? Here are 5 ways to be successful and fulfilled professionally in the future!
College is an exciting environment to be in. You’ll meet some of your bestest friends in life and provide you with the opportunities to start your professional career in the future. In this pivotal moment in your life, it’s helpful to start focusing on career aspirations and to consider any suggestion that can propel your success in your chosen field.
This is where having a career readiness plan comes in handy. It can help you direct your energies more towards gainful experiences and, upon graduation and the following years after, aid you in transitioning from college to the workforce. Nothing beats the feeling of security after those four (or more) grueling years of college!
A career readiness plan also keeps you accountable to your purpose and passion, even when times become confusing or an employment opportunity is hard to come by. (Because those things do happen!)
Even though it may seem like a rigid and fixed thing, career planning should be a fluid process and there’s no specific format for this plan as long as you know your priorities and set them straight. Students who are ready to sit down and build a career plan should do so with the understanding that their interests and passions may change along the way.
We outline five ways to help you get started in your career readiness plan—and be purposeful at that. Here’s your handy dandy guide to being a successful professional in the future!
1. Align your skills, passion, and purpose
What makes you tick? What fills you with overwhelming excitement? What are you sooo good at doing that you can do it with your eyes closed? Circle back to these and determine if you want to keep doing them in future years (yup, as a job!) If you’re determined about your commitment to these wonderful passions, you’re set! But if you just want to keep doing them for hobbies’ sake, that’s fine, too. Redirect your focus instead to how you want to see yourself in 5-10 years, what you’re doing, and if you’re liking what you’re doing. Just know that the most important step in this process is being honest.
2. Look up courses and schools that may fit you
Now comes the exciting part. After you’ve determined what you want (and it’s okay too if you haven’t, yet), look up courses in various colleges and universities that may fit your passion, skills, and interests. Set a dedicated time to researching nearby and far-flung colleges—who knows, the farthest university might carry the course you’re most interested in!
You may also visit your current school’s career and guidance office to give you information on select colleges and universities and different study options. And Edukasyon.ph has resources for you to look up schools and courses that might be up your alley.
3. Build up your experiences outside of school
Sign up for volunteer opportunities, community outreach, and internships that are aligned with your track or interests. Having a plethora of experiences outside school-related activities exposes you to real-world scenarios that you don’t usually encounter on a daily basis. Being in a community outreach, for example, acquaints you with different communities and cultures and that will hopefully make you well-adjusted to people from different classes or cultures.
Participating in volunteer activities and internships also helps you gain credibility with future employers because it shows that you’re actively seeking out opportunities related to your passion, skills, or interests.
4. Don’t forget to keep your academics on track
This comes as no surprise, but you’re not career-ready if your academics are suffering. It’s so easy to lose track of your academic life when you’re already doing all these amazing volunteer activities and outreach outside of school, or are already planning to write that college admissions essay for your dream school. But, you won’t get there completely if you keep your academics hanging on the sidelines.
Being able to balance your passions, skills, or interests along with your academic responsibilities is one of the hallmarks of a career-ready individual. And this plot line also makes for a really interesting college admission essay, too! You’ll surely impress the admissions committee with how passionate and responsible you are.
5. Seek support when necessary
Career readiness also comes with privilege. Some people don’t have the luxury to structure a career plan aligned with their passion because they may want to address one important thing first: financial support. And we know how tough that could be.
In this case, it’s important to know that there are many resources available for young students who may not have the financial or moral support that they would need to kickstart their career readiness plan (or to even start thinking of a career in the first place). Seek help from your school’s guidance counselors and openly share what you’re going through and what hinders you from trying to achieve your career goals. They can redirect you to helpful college resources that might help with financial aids and scholarships.
Now, you’re emboldened to start drafting your career readiness plan, and that everything you do or participate in moving forward contributes to your greater goal and career success in the future. Remember, though, that your purpose and passion may change along the way, and that’s okay! Just restart your journey, and keep going through the steps mentioned above! We’re rooting for you!
About Energy Development Corporation and the SIKAT Program
ENERGY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (EDC) is First Gen Corporation’s 100% RE subsidiary with over 1,480MW total installed capacity that accounts for 20 percent of the country’s total installed RE capacity. Its 1,185MW geothermal portfolio comprises 62 percent of the country’s total installed geothermal capacity and is the 3rd largest geothermal producer in the world.
Under EDC’s Corporate Social Responsibility programs, SIKAT aims to provide educational support to the underprivileged but deserving youth. It outweighs other social projects due to its capacity to break intergenerational poverty. SIKAT expresses EDC’s aspirations for all its scholars across the country. The company believes that investing in quality education regardless of their track, whether academic or technical-vocation, will help transform the scholars into future change-drivers in their respective host communities and spheres of influence.
Since 2011, the SIKAT program has produced 210 scholars who study in the University of the Philippines and other state colleges & universities. Get to know some of the SIKAT scholars here.
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