Career planning: The term career means a profession or stability over time. A career defined as the pattern or work-related and experiences that span the course of a personal life. It is the process of enhancing an employee’s future value. Career planning is the pre-stage of entering into the career. Career planning consists of thinking about the position where a person wants to achieve and take necessary actions or steps to achieve those positions. It helps individuals develop skills required to fulfill different career roles. It is a crucial phase of human resource development that helps the employees in making a strategy for work-life balance. It can also give professional directions, as they relate to career goals.
Career planning is the ongoing process where you:
- Explore your interests and abilities;
- Deliberately plan your career goals; and
- Create your future work success by designing learning and action plans to help you attain your goals.
According to Werther and Davis, “Career planning is the process by which one selects, career goals and the path to those goals.”
According to Schermerhorn, Hunt, and Osborn, “Career planning is the process of systematically matching career goals and individual capabilities with opportunities for their fulfillment.”