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Career plan questions from The Career Toolkit

Essential skills for success that no one taught you
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Personal needs

  1. What are my life goals?

  2. What would make me happy in life?

  3. What do I like doing?

  4. What don’t I like doing?

Lifestyle options

  1. Do I want a family? When? What family obligations will I have?

  2. Where do I want to live and what industries are supported there?

  3. How much money do I want?

  4. What lifestyle do I want?

  5. What hobbies do I wish to support?

External impact

  1. How much community impact should my job include?

  2. Are there any ethical or moral considerations?

Job requirements

  1. How many hours a week do I want to work?

  2. How much travel do I want?

  3. Do I want to manage people? Be managed? be independent?

  4. How flexible does my career path need to be?

  5. What skills do I want to leverage? to avoid?

  6. What type of corporate/industry culture do I want?

Consider your answers not just today, but 5, 10, 20, 30+ years into your career.