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Personal action planning


The process of mapping out the necessary steps that an individual needs to take and the services s/he might need to use in order to achieve an identified educational, vocational or personal goal. The process might be conducted by the individual on their own, in conjunction with someone else (e.g. a career counsellor) or by using a proforma/template or online tool.


The definition has been extended to include personal goals as well as educational and vocational ones.


Career Guidance and Counselling Glossary. Result of Leonardo da Vinci programme project “Overcoming Intercultural and Linguistic Barriers in Continuously Accessible Vocational Guidance and Counselling” (project No LT/03/B/F/LA-171023). Available from Internet:

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