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Creating a career plan to determine the kind of work you want to do and how to get there


Image of Amy Santee, a young white woman with glasses and short hair, and Adam Gamwell, a young white male with a beard and mustache, glasses, and a bald head.

A job search strategy is essential, but what if you don’t even know what to look for or what you want to do? A career plan is something you can do before job searching to determine the kind of work you want to do and know how to get there. Being intentional about it, while also staying open to the organic shifts, will help you create opportunities and pathways to meaningful work. A career plan is for everyone, regardless of the type of job you have, your experience level, or the industry you work in.


In this podcast episode of This Anthro Life, Adam and I share stories from our experiences and walk through how to create a career plan by defining your values, articulating your vision by looking at your past, collecting data to test hypotheses, finding your people, and trusting your intuition.


This episode was recorded for a workshop series hosted by Professor Jonathan Anjaria of Brandeis University. Because the audience was PhD humanities/social science students, you'll hear reference to academic-to-industry transitions. However, the talk is broadly relevant to students, academics and non-academic professionals of any kind.


If you would prefer to watch the live recording, you can do that here.