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Career Planning worksheet

This assignment provides you with the opportunity to explore career options and
their requirements. You’ll reflect on your goals, create a “to-do” list for yourself,
and explore resources that will be available to you as you head down the road of
your college career.
Assignment Instructions
Decide on a career that is currently most interesting to you and that you would
like to make your goal after graduating from Capella. With that career goal in
mind, locate a job opening in your state for this career and use the Career
Planning Worksheet [DOCX] to complete the following:
● Describe your career goal based on your awareness of the projected job
market.
● Create a course plan for the education needed to reach your career goal.
○ Which degree would be the most helpful to obtaining skills you
need? How could you gain those skills otherwise?
○ What coursework is needed through Capella to achieve this level of
education?
● Create a plan that will help you reach your career goal.
○ Include the skills, experience, and resources that you will need.
○ What skills are listed?
○ Are there any occupations or volunteer opportunities that
could help you gain experience?
● Address assignment purpose in well-organized paragraphs, incorporating
credible sources, accurate paraphrasing, tone, and citations.
Refer to the scoring guide to ensure that your work meets the grading criteria for
this assignment.
Submission Requirements
Save the completed Career Planning Worksheet as a Word document (.doc or
.docx) on your computer. Then, attach a copy of this document as your
assessment submission.
Competencies Measured
By successfully completing this assignment, you will demonstrate your
proficiency in the following course competencies:
● Competency 5: Examine the field of psychology for career planning.
○ Describe a career goal based on awareness of the projected job
market.
○ Create a course plan for the education needed to reach a career
goal
○ Create a plan to develop the skills needed to reach a career goal.
○ Create a plan to gain the experience needed to reach a career goal.
○ Identify resources needed to reach a career goal.
● Competency 6: Demonstrate effective oral or written communication skills.
○ Address assignment purpose in well-organized paragraphs,
incorporating credible sources, accurate paraphrasing, tone, and
citations.

Career Planning Worksheet
Directions: Respond to the following questions in preparation for completing the Career
Planning Worksheet.
1. What is your career goal? (If you don’t have a specific goal, this can be a general
statement to get your research started.)
2. Find a job opening in your state that fits your goal and respond to these questions:
a. Is a college degree needed? If yes, what degree?
b. Is a state license needed? If yes, what license?
c. What skills or knowledge does the job ask for?
d. What experience does the job ask for?
e. Does the salary meet your needs?
3. If a license is required for the job, find the requirements for licensure on your state’s
Department of Licensing Web site and respond to these questions:
a. Does the license require a degree? If yes, what degree?
b. Does the license require the degree to be from a school with a specific
accreditation? If yes, what accreditation?
c. Does the license require passing a test(s)? If yes, what test(s)?
d. Does the license require an internship or experience? If yes, what are those
requirements?
4. If a graduate degree is required for this job, look at a graduate program offering that
degree and respond to these questions:
a. Do they require a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) to apply? If yes, what is
the GPA?
b. Does the program require you to take a test (i.e., GRE) to apply? If yes, what
test?
c. Does the program require specific course work taken before entry? If yes, what
courses?
d. Does the program require completing an internship or practicum? If yes, what are
the requirements?
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Career Planning Worksheet
5. Browse Capella’s course catalog and identify courses that can help you reach your goal.
6. Find an article or Web site that talks about the future growth or changes for this career
area.
Next, complete the Career Planning Worksheet. Use the spaces below to respond to the
questions about your career goal.
Career Goal: Write a sentence stating your career goal based on awareness of the projected
job market.
Job Market: Write a paragraph describing whether this job will continue to be in demand and
what changes are predicted. Cite your credible source of information.
Reference: Include author, date, and the URL for your credible source of information, and
identify the credibility criteria used to establish this as a credible source.
Education Plan: Write a paragraph or more outlining your plan to get the education needed to
reach your career goal. Include requirements for licensure, if any.
Skills Plan: Write a paragraph or more outlining how you plan to acquire the skills you’ll need to
reach your career goal. Consider soft skills (traits that make you a good worker) and hard skills
(abilities you learn in school or on the job) in your description.
Experience Plan: Write a paragraph or more outlining how you plan to gain the experience
needed to reach your career goal.
Course Plan: List courses at Capella that will help you reach your career goal. For each
course, write a sentence explaining how it will help you reach your goal.
Resources: Write a paragraph or more describing resources you can use to reach your career
goal.
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Career Planning Worksheet
Save this completed worksheet as a Word document (.doc, .docx) on your computer. Then, attach a
copy of this document as your submission for the Week 9 Assignment.
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