Career Planning SWOT

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Career Planning SWOT

A SWOT analysis is a commonly used assessment of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in business.  It provides a business a quick look at what is working and what needs improving in the business.  So have you done a SWOT analysis of your career?  As a strong proponent of proactive career planning this might provide you with a simple and familiar framework to approach your career.

Strengths = what are the personal strengths that you want to leverage either in your current job or in potentially a new job?  What are the favorable things about your current work situation in terms of perks, challenges, colleagues, comp and culture.  Basically what is working and why?

Weakness = where are there gaps in your skill set?  What isn’t working in your current environment?

Opportunities = this is where you look at trends and possibilities both in your current situation and in the marketplace.  Sometimes opportunities can come out of weaknesses and threats.

Threats = where are the vulnerabilities?  This could come in terms of outdated skills, a job at risk of elimination, or a performance improvement plan.  The key here is not to fall into the trap of denial or complacency.  By conducting your own SWOT analysis you can begin to construct a career plan that positions you for success.


About the Author:

Cultivating Careers was founded by Karen Kodzik, a Career Consultant who has worked with individuals in transition for over 13 years. Karen meets professionals at various points on their career path and works with them to gain a clearer sense of where they want to take their careers. Karen Kodzik holds a Masters Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Career Development. Karen couples seasoned counseling skills with a solid business acumen. She has coached and consulted various levels of professionals across industries to successfully reaching that next point in their career.