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Action Plan

learning objectives

By the end of this section, youth participants will begin to:

  • State the benefits of setting SMART goals.
  • Define and set SMART career goals.
  • Identify potential career barriers and develop possible solutions for overcoming them.
  • Complete the Action Plan and Timeline, with all considerations involved.
  • Understand the importance of continually revisiting and revising their Action Plans.

section tips

Be sure that youth understand how important adaptability is for their career navigation.  Revisit the Career Myth from Section 1 to reinforce this concept.

If youth have trouble coming up with possible solutions, facilitators can refer to this Potential Solutions for Obstacles resource, however, facilitators are highly encouraged to first allow youth to design their own solutions as this will help youth to develop problem solving skills and give them practice generating alternative plans and solutions, which is fundamental for effective career navigation.  Youth can use internet searches to search for ways of overcoming these obstacles as well.

Facilitator Materials

Student Handouts

Additional Resources


Goal Setting This website is dedicated to goal setting with students.  It includes online resources, videos about goal setting, and interactive goal setting activities.

Make Your Goal-Setting Plan (Job Seekers Guide).  This website includes resources for exploring careers, self-assessment for self-knowledge, skills, and goal setting.  This particular page of the website has a great mini example of long and short term career goals that make up an action-based career plan.

Five Tips for Setting Strengths-Based Goals this Year (The Potentiality, John Horn, December 30, 2015).  This article offers some tips for creating goals

Enhancing Hope in Clients and Students (Contact Point, CERIC, Lynn Sadlowski, October 23, 2015).  This article discusses the importance of, and strategies for, enhancing hope for career and goal development.

Long-Term Career Mapping

Career Crafting the Decade after High School (Copyright © 2015 by Cathy Campbell Published by: Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC)) An excellent resource that describes the realities of career navigation for today’s youth.  It gives information on some of the barriers faced by modern youth and how professionals can help youth.  It emphasizes the concept of life long planning and career navigation and how this will be vital for today’s youth.


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