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Creating A Career Action Plan

The California Career Center Career Action Plan is where you record your occupational goals and the actions necessary to reach your goals. Your Career Action Plan has 11 sections and can be updated as often as needed. Career Action Plans can be created and modified by using the My Stuff CAP mobile app or in a California Career Center My Stuff account.

The following instructions will help you complete your Career Action Plan in the My Stuff CAP app. Additional detail is available when logged into your My Stuff account

1. Explore Occupations I 

Use the California CareerZone website to identify occupations that match your interests. Go to the California CareerZone and set up your free account. Then select “Discover Possibilities”. Then select the “Interest Profiler” and choose the 30 question-mini version. After completing the assessment, explore occupations on the results list and give a thumbs up rating for any that look interesting to you. Choose at least three of your rated occupations then return to the California Career Center and fill in the Explore Occupations I section of your Career Action Plan. 

2. Explore Occupations II 

Use the California CareerZone website to identify occupations that match your lifestyle goals. Sign in to your California CareerZone account by selecting “Career Hab” and then “Get Started”. Select “Discover Possibilities”. Then select “Make Money Choices”. Select “Budget how much money you’ll need” and follow the prompts. After completing your budget, explore occupations on the results list and give a thumbs up rating for any that look interesting to you. Choose at least three of your rated occupations and return to the California Career Center and fill in the Explore Occupations II section of your Career Action Plan. 

3. Occupation to Research 

Review the occupations you identified in the Explore Occupations I and II sections of your Career Action Plan. Choose one occupation to begin researching as the focus of your Career Action Plan.If you need help deciding, go back to the California CareerZone occupations you rated and compare profiles to see which occupation is the best match for you. You can easily find your rated occupations list when signed in to your account. On your account home page select “I Want To” and then select “Ratings”.

4. Degree and/or Certification Required 

Use the Occupational Outlook Handbook website to discover the training, education, certification, and/or license you’ll need to enter this occupation. On the Occupational Outlook Handbook homepage, type your occupation’s title into the “Search Handbook” box. Look for your occupation in the results list and click on the title. On the profile, look for the tab “How to Become One”. Read the requirements for how to become one to see what you need to enter and advance in that occupation. Return to the California Career Center and fill in the Degree and/or Certification Required section of your Career Action Plan. 

5. Education and/or Training Programs 

Use the California CareerZone to identify schools and programs for your occupation. Log into your California CareerZone account. Go to your occupation’s profile page; under “Your Opportunities” select “Education and Training” to see a list of programs; select a program option.. Read the “About This Program” section and then select “Find Colleges”. Select a school’s name to see the “Institution Profile”. Choose the school’s website link to find details about programs they offer. Identify programs at schools you think are a good match for you. Return to the California Career Center and fill in the Education and/or Training programs section of your Career Action Plan.

6. Related Experiences 

Identify things you’ve already done to prepare for your occupation: 1) Courses you've completed could be in high school, community college, or online; 2) Extracurricular Activities include clubs, sports, music, internships, or volunteering; 3) Awards earned in academics, citizenship, sports, or Career Technical Student Organizations; 4) Certifications you have earned could be a First Aid Card, Career Technical Education, or ServSafe.

7. Future Experiences 

Identify experiences that can help you prepare for your occupation. Start by looking at your occupation’s California CareerZone’s profile. Read the sections “What They Do” and “Things They Need to Know” and think about jobs, internships, community organizations, volunteering, classes, and training opportunities that can provide experiences to get that preparation.

8. Supporters 

Identify two or three people you can count on to help you prepare for and enter your occupation. Write down 1) each person’s contact information; 2) describe your relationship with them; 3) and state what they can do to help you. For example, My Career Tech Ed teacher (Mr. Thatcher) can put me in touch with industry organizations and potential employers. Then find two industry organizations related to your occupation. Go to the CareerOneStop Professional Association Finder web page and search for your occupation. 

9. Action Steps

Describe the steps you’ll take—starting now—to prepare for transitioning out of high school and into additional education, including training programs, or directly into the workforce. In every step of your plan, include the outcome for the step, the specific actions to take to reach that outcome, the resources, people to involve, and when the step will be completed.

10. Plan B 

Describe an alternate plan of action for a Plan B goal. This could mean taking an alternative path to your preferred occupation (community college instead of a four-year college), identifying a related occupation (nursing assistant instead of registered nurse), or choosing an entirely different one (sports therapist instead of professional athlete). 

11. Resources 

Write in the websites and books you used; list meetings you attended and any visits you made to companies, colleges, and training schools.