Career means profession, which we want to adopt for earning
livelihood, and planning means proper flow or to make proper decisions.
Pre- planning in our life plays very important role in every aspect
of life, to work in a proper flow, and pre-planning for career, which
we want to pursue in our future ahead after acquiring certain level
of degree is also very necessary in today's competitive world.
According to the Thorndike dictionary "A goal that you desire to achieve in a selected field or occupation
with a well-thought out plan, to get you there is called Career Planning."
The world is now moving very fast, and the time has come when this
meritocratic society accepts only those, having right qualification
and right skills.
Olden days are gone, when just a degree would help an individual to
get high profile job by giving bribe or using some other mean. Now
it's high time, when the transparency in job recruitment has taken place.
Challenges and competition are the part of today's society, and
therefore, Career Planning is the only task, which can guide us to do
what we want to do in our life, rather than just aimlessly changing
job all the time in future.
We have seen many Pakistani, who after completing Intermediate don't
know where to go, what to do and we have also seen graduates, who
aimlessly do graduation without any specialization. As a result, they
earns just in 6-8 figures.
Career Planning is one of the broader aspects of learning in our
existence. We all have some intentions and we all think to have
stability in our future lives, and for that purpose, CAREER PLANNING
serves as a key to success.
Career Planning makes a person to think suitably about their positive
and negative aspects. All about their interest, about their
creativity becomes possible through proper analyzing ourselves.
Career Planning basically starts, when a person finishes Secondary/
Higher Secondary level of education. After that level, a person could
opt for that educational degree, which would help them out to have a
good job opportunity according to their skills at the right time.
Career Planning helps us to design and formulate our future smoothly.
Like, If a person wants to be a banker, then he or she would choose
to go for ACCA or CA or MBA in finance after completing Intermediate
in commerce and Graduation in commerce/ business administration..
Else he/ she would go for CAT course or Masters in Commerce or even
upto doctorate level.
This pre-planning would be effective and would give him/her benefits
after achieving educational targets effectively.
It also helps us to evaluate our own personality, which helps us to
know that which kind of job would suit us according to our need and
In short, Career Planning is like mapping our future.
Without proper planning, no one could think of getting a desired job in future.
Think what we want to do and finding out more about the kind of
training, education, and skills we will need to achieve our career
goal is the core objective of career planning.
It helps us knowing the nature of the jobs that interest us, such as
educational requirements, salary, working conditions, fringe
benefits, promotion chances, future prospectus, and help us focusing
in the right dimension.
Career planning directs us, motivates us, and helps us to accomplish
what we want. A career goal is a specific vision such as an architect
or a teacher or a career goal can be a particular field, which we
want to work in, such as Media, Education, Medicine, Engineering etc.
For those who will think about their future and career after
completing education without any long term desired goals are the one,
whose all attempt might end in smoke.
There are some cases and situation, which bound a person to pre-plan
in advance, such like family high family business status, lack of
interest in studies or traditional job, low motivation, low financial
status etc or some past educational traumas, which had made a person
to plan after wards.
Career planning is a life time process we are always learning and
growing, and as we do, our interests and needs also change. Career
planning is not just making plans to obtain our career, but it also
help us to make many adjustments there will be along the ways we
learn throughout our lives.
Those who have successful careers like educators, business man,
manager, pilot, architect, banker, doctor etc are the one, who has
made their ways through proper guidance.
No doubt, that our parents have some wishes and expectations from us,
but we have our own too. Therefore, we should also consider others
opinion. For that we could take guidance from an educational
counselor to get better guidance towards new dimensional fields as
well. Teacher, professionals, career guidance websites, Head
educational consultants can also guide us, to have a better approach
for our future.
We must have freedom of speaking and freedom of choosing our career
as we have to lead our lives which interest us. We must try to have
an open mind in order to choose the right career on right time.
According to one renowned professor, "Few of us like to opt for those degree courses, which their family
or friend has advised them to adopt and this inappropriate knowledge trapped them into a great mistake and
in this way, they are unable to get good job opportunities according
to their interests. Only Proper Career Guidance would help an
individual to be on the right path before hand. Few of us try to seek
the right path and take guidance from family or teacher to tell them
what is good for them, which career is in demand and which career
suits their interest."
The future is un-predictable, however, we could still make our place
in this meritocratic world by making career goals and plans in
advance, for getting better opportunities in todays pluralistic and
We must pre-plan our goals under the supervision of professionals in
conscious state of mind, so that we could strategically maintain our
goals and follow it towards the path of successful future.
© 2007 Munir Moosa Sewani. All Rights Reserved.
About the Author:
Munir Moosa Sewani is one of the famous, prominent and creative names in the field of Education since 8 years. He is a Master Trainer In Special Education, Post Graduate, Teacher Educator and a Teacher. He is a Freelance Writer and Photographer too. He is an author of the famous self-published storybook for children named as "The MORAL STORIES FOR CHILDREN" and has also written Biology course book for Secondary Classes. He has written almost more than 20 articles on social, health, educational and cultural issues, which are internationally recognized and published in most of the famous world
wide websites, magazines and newspapers. He is also a Social worker, private tutor, career counselor, musician, lyrics writer and have multi- dimensional talents.
His future plan is to write dozens of informative books and articles and to work for education and media also, in order to develop the sense of understanding many dimensions of life through his creativity.