Career Development Plan 


A career development plan can help you to ensure that you have a more satisfying working life, doing work that interests you and motivates you. 

Why you should consider it?
A career development plan will help you to manage your future successfully. It can make the difference between meandering aimlessly through your working life or taking charge and making things happen. A career plan should map out some of the essential ingredients that will help you to achieve your career goals. It could be the difference between achieving your career ambition to not!
AND it doesn’t need to be ‘war and peace’. The Curriculo Industry Engagement Programme is one of a collection of on-line career advancement courses that culminates in the production of a career development training plan. Complete the 5 simple stages of this career development program to understand more about you, more about the career development processes and more about the role you aspire to do, will give you a template for career planning. This is a starting place for you if you do not already have one but it shouldn’t be the end of career planning. 
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A career plan should start with a clear articulation of your ambition, followed by a review of your skills and strengths and identified areas for development and all of this should relate  back to your specific ambition.



  • Career Ambition- This is something you aspire to do in the future. Something that motivates you and that you can aim for – a tough but achievable work based goal
  • Skills – what you are good at
  • Strengths – the value your skills give you in the eyes of others – for example, an employer
  • Development areas – your skills gaps identified against a specific job role



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  • Qualifications required above those you currently hold.


  • Work Experience you will need to develop and that are required.


  • People and networks that you should aim to develop.
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You may be studying for a BSc in Computer Science currently or an MA in Education or BA LLP. Presumably, you have chosen to study what you do because you enjoy it or are good at it? However, have you considered what you will do with it? I guess it is more straightforward if your ambition is to become a lawyer or a teacher. But what if, through your study you decide you want to set up a school in Zambia or start a business producing educational materials for primary schools? Your previous schools' courses and career development guides may not be enough. What if you decide that you want to use your law degree to help you fulfil your ambition to work with the United Nations or if you want to go into the family business as the family lawyer? All of this needs to be worked out based on your ambition and your current qualifications before you ask yourself and others … What other qualifications do I need in order to fulfil this goal?

It may be that you need to complete a professional qualification beyond your degree – as lawyers do or as accountants or teachers do. It could be that your ambition is to lead teams of individuals or build your own business. In these cases, you may want to complete a leadership qualification or an MBA. You need to know what is required and then plan to address it.


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In addition, when planning your career you will need to consider exactly what work experience you require in order to develop your skills and capabilities. It may be that your first role will be a graduate entry level role that will allow you to establish yourself and understand the business. Beyond that, and depending on what you are aiming for, it might be that you need to pursue a role that enables you to build your management skills and leadership capability.

This should be broadly mapped out in your career plan. You should consider the roles that you must or should do that will give you the necessary experience to achieve your ambition. Failing to do this will potentially leave you in limbo doing a role that you have just got stuck doing without prospects of career progression.

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Next you need to consider who can help you … not in a ‘skipping the queue’ kind of way but in a practical asking for help, advice and support kind of way.

A career plan should include a list of individuals who can help you to progress by offering you advice and mentoring along your journey. Putting in place a professional network is one thing, making it work for you and support your plan is another. Professional networking is often approached using sites such as LinkedIn. These sites can be useful to start things going but you will have to put some time aside in order to make it work.

How to approach building a professional network

Your career plan should contain the names of individuals who currently do the role you aspire to do. It should also include individuals who can support your skills development journey and individuals who inspire you. 

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Career development planning is important to understand and to practice. The better you become at this, the more you are likely to achieve your ambition.

The earlier you start to engage with career planning the better. It comes in all forms and will be slightly different depending on who you listen to and what their experience is.

A career plan is not developed as a single, one-off activity and then merely referred to. A career plan should be one of the documents, in your files that you refer to regularly and update it. After all, what happens if you decide to take a different route to achieve your ambition … what if you acquire knowledge about a job you thought you’d like that changes your opinion about what you want to do? 

A career plan should be flexible and updated with your skills, knowledge and changes in route. It might be that you decide to become an IT sales consultant after working in IT support services after graduation, log it, research it and plan it … where does that take you and what skills and strengths will you acquire because of it.

When planning your career, keep your ambition in sight. Things are bound to change as you gain more experience and knowledge about how you like to work and what you want to do. Your focus should be on you … not in a selfish way but in a ‘being prepared’ way.

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Planning your career with the help of online career courses will help you to fulfil your ambition – good luck and if we can help you then contact us using the address: Or go directly to our website and take one of our career development courses: The Curriculo Industry Engagement Programme. Read all about it here: