Career Development Plan

UBC is a large diverse organization; it can be difficult to navigate your way across campus let alone the vast number of careers to choose from.

A career development plan is a personalized action plan used by individuals to map their careers. It is like a road map, consisting of:

  • starting point (Where Am I Now?)
  • destination (Where Do I Want to Go?)
  • route (how Will I Get There?)

A personalized career development plan will assist you to identify career goals and put strategies in place to attain them. It is your road map to your desired career.

This site will provide you with access to thought-provoking questions, links to resources, tools, and web sites within UBC that may support you in your career planning process. The goal is to assist you to move forward in your career navigation process and help you create/develop a personalized Career Development Plan.


The creation of a career development plan is seen as a 4-step process – The steps are outlined on this website and you may wish to follow these by clicking on each step sequentially and following the process outlined in each step. If you do not wish to follow the individual steps you may wish to print the Career Development Plan  template and complete it answering the questions below.

The career development plan template provided on this site addresses the following steps:

A Career Development Plan template is available – this template will assist you to set some goals in regards to your career planning. These goals should be the next steps you need to take to move forward.

It is recommended you read about SMART goal setting to ensure your goals are realistic and attainable. Setting SMART goals may further ensure success of your plan.

Setting SMART Goals

When deciding on your career development goals it is imperative that you set yourself up for success. Using the SMART goal setting process is a good way to achieve this.

  • Specific (so you know exactly what you are trying to achieve)
  • Measurable (so you know when you have achieved it)
  • Action-oriented (so you can do something about it)
  • Realistic (so it is achievable) and
  • Time-Bound (has a deadline)

The premise of SMART goal setting is essentially “what gets measured, gets done”.

Focusing on the Outcome

  1. What is it that you REALLY want to achieve?
  2. What is the SPECIFIC OUTCOME that you are looking for?
  3. How will you know you have achieved it?

Download a SMART goal setting template.