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Action Plan

At this point, you should have made a decision after researching careers that interest you. If you need assistance with the previous steps, please contact the Military-Affiliated Career Specialist.

Creating Your Action Plan

An action plan is a detailed outline that explains the steps needed to achieve your career goals. It's essential to clearly define your objective or career goal.


- Specific: Clearly define what you want to achieve

- Measurable: Establish concrete criteria or metrics for measuring progress and success

- Achievable: Set realistic goals that you can attain with effort

- Relevant: Align your goals with your values and long-term aspirations

- Timely: Set deadlines for achieving each goal

Let's Break it Down!

Developing Strategies

- Break down long-term goals into smaller, manageable tasks

- Determine which objectives need to be tackled first

- Identify the resources (time, money, networks) required to achieve each objective


Taking Action

- Create a list of tasks needed to achieve each objective

- Establish deadlines for each task

- Begin executing your action plan, starting with the highest priority tasks

- Be open to adjusting your plan as you gain new insights or encounter obstacles


Seeking Support and Feedback

- Find mentors or advisors who can offer guidance and support

- Connect with professionals in your field to gain insights and opportunities

- Regularly evaluate your progress and solicit feedback from mentors or peers

Continuous Learning and Improvement

- Seek out opportunities for training, courses, or certifications

- Use feedback to adjust your strategies and improve your performance

- Stay informed about industry trends and developments relevant to your career goals

Celebrating Milestones and Evaluating Progress

- Celebrate achievements along the way to stay motivated

- Regularly assess your progress against your goals and adjust your plan as needed

- Be willing to modify your action plan based on changing circumstances or new insights

Staying Resilient

- Stay committed to your goals, even in the face of setbacks or challenges

- Be adaptable and willing to adjust your approach as needed

- Prioritize your well-being to maintain the energy and resilience needed to pursue your career goals

Remember, creating an action plan is the first step towards accomplishing your career aspirations. Seeking support from a friend, mentor, or career specialist/coach/counselor can help ensure you have someone checking on your progress and providing honest, realistic feedback.

The Military-Affiliated Career Specialist would be honored to serve as your dedicated mentor.  

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