Easy as 1, 2, 3…: Breaking Down the Career Planning Process

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Career planning can be stressful. But with Set Your Course, it doesn’t have to be. At Campus Manitoba, we know that choosing a career is not an easy task. According to Career Development Manitoba, career planning is “a lifelong process that focuses on making choices to help you manage your work and personal life. Good career planning requires information about you, the world of work, and commitment.”

The three steps of career planning are: know yourself, explore options and take action.
The three steps of the career planning process (Kaitlin Schilling, CMB).

When considering career planning, you can look at is as a 3-step process: knowing yourself, exploring your options, and taking action towards your career/educational goals.

Knowing Yourself

Knowing and evaluating yourself is the first and one of the most important steps in successful career planning. It is important to know and understand who you are as a person and who you want to become in your life and career. During this stage, ask yourself some of the following questions:

  • What am I passionate about?
  • What are my values and beliefs?
  • Who is my support system?
  • Are there types of work I am interested in?
  • What are my favourite subjects?
  • What skills and abilities do I have?

If you don’t know the answers to these, don’t worry. Free online personality tests, such as 16personalities, are a great way to begin to know and understand your values, interests, and personal qualities. From this, you can take an inventory of your priorities and what matters to you.

Exploring Options

Exploring your options is the second stage of the career planning process. Now that you have done your self-assessment, it’s time to explore which careers will suit you best.

During the ‘Exploring Options’ stage, ask yourself the following questions:

Person holding mug that says "like a boss."
Set Your Course can show you career options that match your skills and interests. (Brooke Lark // Unsplash)
  • What kinds of careers are out there?
  • What career paths or fields interest me?
  • Where can I get training for occupations that interest me?
  • What are the job prospects like in Manitoba?
  • How much money could I make in the field?

This is where Set Your Course is especially handy. With over 400 careers, you can explore options that match your skills and interests and look at Manitoba-specific labour market information, which includes average salaries, occupation outlooks, and where in Manitoba you can train for your career of choice.

Taking Action

Have you chosen a career that requires further education? Your next step is to prepare for post-secondary education. Are you ready to get into the workforce? Your next steps are resume development, interview preparation, and exploring job searching techniques.

Once you have found careers you are interested in, it’s a good idea to begin networking and doing informational interviews with people to do more research into the field. Not only do you come out of these interviews with knowledge about a career, but you also gain a professional connection in the field of your choice.

Manitoba has plenty of options to help you with your career planning! You can visit your institution’s career centre or one of the many employment resource centres across the province. Our Virtual Help Desk (VHD) is here to assist you as well. The VHD is our live chat, email, and phone service to help students navigate our platforms and take the next step in their career or educational goals.


Campus Manitoba is a consortium of Manitoba’s public post-secondary institutions. Through collaborative projects and shared services, we facilitate student mobility and expand access to post-secondary programs for students in Manitoba. In addition to campusmanitoba.ca, our websites include ecoursesmb.casetyourcourse.ca, and openedmb.ca.