A growing number of individuals, career development professionals and corporate managers recognize the value of an active approach to choosing and developing a career.

Benefits of systematic career planning include increased control over your career direction and the pace at which you move, minimizing change-related stress and, ultimately, more effective and satisfying career decisions.

Career development consists of a variety of components or phases through which an individual works to make and implement decisions. In each phase or component, certain issues and questions are addressed. Each individual's process of moving through these phases is different and often not sequential, since career development is a dynamic process.

A cycle is represented by the Career Development Model. Once a person assesses their situation, finds options, makes decisions, and achieves rewards, the cycle starts over again through a reassessment. Click on a area of the Career Development Model to learn more.

Undergoing Assessment


  • Interests
  • Personality
  • Skills
  • Experiences
  • Values

Creating Options

Reality Check

  • Occupational Research—Written
  • Occupational Interviewing
  • Company/Organization Research
  • Employment Trends
  • Continuing Education

Making Decisions


  • Résumé/Job Search Letters
  • Interviewing
  • Job Search Strategies
  • Network and Support
  • Evaluate/Negotiate Offers

Achieving Rewards

Career Management

  • Understanding Job Cycles
  • Understanding Organizational Culture
  • Managing Work Issues
  • Maintaining Balance
  • Professional Development

The cycle starts again by Undergoing a [Re]assessment (top)