Career Self-Management

Career Self-Management

Career Self-Management Definition

The continuous development of oneself and one’s career through self-analysis, career exploration, and self-promotion.

  • Show an awareness of one’s own strengths and areas for development.
  • Identify areas for continual growth while pursuing and applying feedback.
  • Develop plans and goals for one’s future career.
  • Professionally advocate for oneself and others.
  • Display curiosity; seek out opportunities to learn.
  • Assume duties or positions that will help one progress professionally.
  • Establish, maintain, and or leverage relationships with people who can help one professionally.
  • Seek and embrace development opportunities.
  • Voluntarily participate in further education, training, or other events to support one’s career.

    Source: NACE Career Readiness Competencies

  • What are my values, and how do these translate to the work I will do in my career?
  • Do I have a meaningful connection with people in my network?
  • Am I currently maintaining my professional network?
  • What steps have I taken to create a positive digital presence?
  • Do I have a sponsor or mentor? Is there someone who will advocate for me when I’m not in the room?

Self-Analysis and Management

  • Use the Career Center’s Focus2Career tool to further explore your career.
  • Fill out an Individual Development Plan (IDP). Templates can be found online, or try this one provided by the AAAS.

Career Exploration

  • Conduct informational interviews (career conversations) with professionals in a field you’re interested in.
  • Attend career fairs.


  • Attend conferences.
  • Attend networking mixers.
  • Connect with colleagues and professionals on LinkedIn.

Building a Personal Brand

  • Craft an email signature.
  • Update your LinkedIn profile (picture, bio, achievements, etc.).
  • Create a portfolio.