My Career Action Plan

Designed to help you map out the steps to gain work experience or plan your future career, the My Career Action Plan goes beyond helping you decide on what job to apply for after graduation. Starting with self-awareness about your career aspirations and what matters to you, this tool will help you navigate the employment landscape and understand the skills you need to develop to achieve your goals.

Self-awareness is the ability to understand who you are – your strengths, skills, interests, and values – and what matters to you.

Why it Matters

Often overlooked, understanding yourself and being able to communicate this to others is foundational to your personal and professional development. Having strong self-awareness will help you understand what you value and what motivates you. Along with acting as a compass that will help you navigate key life decisions, strong self-awareness is tied to effective leadership and a quality that employers look for in candidates.

Where to Start

Complete the first exercise (pg. 2) in the Strengths, Values, Motivators Toolkit. This will prompt you to reflect and answer some important questions about yourself.

Where to Go Next

Take a deeper dive into the three Toolkits UBC Sauder Career Managers have created with your self-awareness development in mind:

You can also meet up with a Career Coach during our afternoon drop-in sessions in CPA Hall or make a coaching appointment via COOL.

Market-awareness means you understand potential career paths that spark your interest and align with your values, skills, and strengths.

What it Matters

If you’re market-aware, you’ve researched different career options and have considered your fit in different roles and industries. Developing your market-awareness involves looking outward at the professional landscape and leading with curiosity. By doing this, you will gain clarity about the wide range of exciting and challenging career options available. You might even discover options that you didn’t know existed.

Where to Start

Make a list of the top three career areas you’re interested in exploring. Want more information about these careers? Check out Vault for industry, company and job intel.

Where to Go Next

Read and do the activities in the three Toolkits UBC Sauder Career Managers have created with your market-awareness development in mind:

You can also organize a coffee chat with someone working in an industry that interests you to help determine if that industry is a good fit for you.

Personal branding is the impression you make on others, whether it’s in person, online, or in print.

Why it Matters

Many pieces make up your personal brand, including your resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile. How you conduct yourself professionally and verbally communicate, especially in an elevator pitch, also impacts your brand. Along with helping you build a professional network, your brand can help get your resume to the top of the pile, and (hopefully) that job you’re after.

Where to Start

If you have a resume, upload it into VMock to get instant feedback. Make the suggested changes and re-upload it to see how it has improved. If you’re making your resume for the first time, check out the Resume Toolkit’s helpful tips and samples for inspiration.

Where to Go Next

Dig deeper into your personal branding tools: resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile. Check out the three Toolkits UBC Sauder Career Managers have created with your personal branding development in mind:

With this information in mind, make updates to your branding materials. Don’t forget to refine your LinkedIn profile with your key skills.

Experience is anything and everything you’ve done to broaden your exposure to the world and develop your practical work-related skills.

Why it Matters

Because experience is comprised of more than your past work experiences, you can start building it just about anywhere: from group projects in the classroom, to playing sports, volunteering, and more. The skills you develop, such as teamwork and communication, through these experiences are directly transferable to the workplace.

The importance of experience goes beyond the actual experience. It’s essential for you to be able to clearly articulate the skills you developed from your experiences; when it comes time to interview, you’ll need these speaking points to convey what sets you apart.

Where to Start

Brainstorm a list of jobs and industries you’re interested in. Next, browse postings for these types of jobs and make note of the skills they’re looking for. From here, take inventory of the skills you already have from your previous experiences and then create a plan for how you can develop the other required skills.

Where to Go Next

Check out the three Toolkits UBC Sauder Career Managers have created with your experience development in mind:

After this, get started on your elevator pitch so you’re ready to tell employers your value proposition.


Contact your BCom Careers Team. We're always here to help. 

Phone: 604.822.6479
In-person: HA 155 

Why Use the Career Toolkits?

"The toolkits provided me with everything I needed to know for my first job search. It was a great resource for FAQs and it helped me format my resume, write coffee chat follow up emails, and refine my LinkedIn profile. I highly recommend you use these toolkits as a foundation for your job search!" - Agnes T., Marketing Student

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