How to develop your career plan on a Kanban board


You need to create a career plan and follow it strictly to achieve your career goals. The Kanban board is the perfect tool for creating an actionable career plan. Your career development planning should include basic steps such as self-assessment, career exploration, primary career targeting, etc.

In this article, you will learn how to create separate kanban boards for each step of successful career development planning. While it is easy to use an online application, these methods are also suitable for a physical kanban board.

1. Self-assessment in Kanban

An image of a self-assessment in a kanban board

You can effortlessly self-assess using a kanban board. In this tutorial, all kanban boards come from Notion. In a self-assessment kanban board, you may want to add Skills, Values, and Interests like the first three groups.

Self-assessment in the Kanban board showing the movements of the cards

You can also include other groups like Not started yet, In progress, and Completed. Create new pages by identifying your core skills in the first three groups. You can refer to the image above to understand what items to include.

Self-assessment in Kanban board showing task details

The main purpose of the self-assessment is to determine the career path to follow. For example, if you enjoy helping people, customer service might be right for you. Second, describing your abilities will also help you improve your skills, values, and interests.


You can choose cards from the first three groups to improve yourself. Then move them to other groups depending on whether you are working on the item or finishing it. Inside each card, you can also add various properties like start date, end date, URL, files, etc.

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2. Career exploration in Kanban

A visual of career exploration in Kanban

Exploring the appropriate career after self-assessment is the next step in career planning. There is no other great tool than an online kanban board for planning this step. You can write down the information you collect about possible career options on a kanban board.

You can start with five groups, namely Reading career prospectuses, Talk to people, Acquire field experiences, Registration for key courses, and Internships. For each career opportunity, create individual tasks with properties such as Work conditions, Workplace, Earnings, etc.

An image showing the details of the career exploration task in Kanban

You can move careers between groups, depending on the research phase. Finally, the items you move to the Internships group becomes the creamy layer of career possibilities.

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3. Target a main career in Kanban

An example of a kanban board to target a main career

It is quite easy to give up some career possibilities if they are inappropriate or inferior. However, it is really difficult to choose the right element from the remaining creamy layer of career choice. The previous kanban board should clearly indicate the career options on the shortlist.

Define a career decision in a kanban board task

You need to move each preselected career into five groups of this kanban board. These groups are: Define a decision, Choices for decision, Data collection on options, Evaluate potential outcomes, and Choose the right career.

A kanban board for career targeting showing object movements

Record the data for each career on the Tasks page. You will move from one career to the next group based on this data. Once a career moves into the fifth group, you have the career you prefer the most.

4. Do your marketing in Kanban

An image of your marketing in a kanban board

Marketing yourself is an essential step in developing a career plan. You need to market your skills to get the best possible job for the career option you prefer. Instead of applying for average job positions, advertise yourself for better vacancies and also connect with people who can help you.

The marketing plan for career planning in a kanban board is quite simple than the actual tasks. Your kanban board should have groups like Marketing methods, Waiting for, In progress, Submitted, and Review of responses.

You need to write a few marketing methods to expand your network and reach high quality employers or clients. Then, craft each marketing strategy with specific properties like start date, end date, bulleted lists, and more.

5. Interview management in Kanban

A visual of interview management in a kanban board

You can easily manage upcoming interviews, schedule interviews, and archive past interviews using a kanban board. If you are a visual learner, kanban is a perfect choice. In addition, creating and managing an online kanban board is simple and intuitive.

You can create a kanban board for interviews by adding unit groups like Potential job interviews, Online interviews, On-site interviews, Applications submitted, First round, Second turn, Decreases, Selected, Letter of offer received, etc.

You can also grade more item data using properties like start date, end date, applied date, bulleted lists and many more.

6. Career management in Kanban

An image for career management in the kanban board

You may have already got the job according to your career plan. However, your career planning does not end there. Career planning is an ongoing process. While you are embarked on a full-time career, you should look for ways to improve your role, position, and salary in the industry.

An online kanban board is a perfect tool that can help you manage your career with visual boards and minimal time investment. As part of career growth outside of full-time engagement, you can start concert work, volunteer projects, one-off projects, portfolio projects, etc.

So the kanban board should have some groups like Potential secondary concerts, Project contract signed, Ongoing project, Pending project, Pending project, and Completed. Remember to include tasks, files, artboards, etc., in each project.

7. Continuous learning plan in Kanban

An example of a continuous learning plan in the kanban board

You can manage all the learning planned during your career planning via a kanban board. This tool is the most cost effective and the fastest compared to online or offline methods.

The Kanban board gives you a dashboard-like view of all the learning sessions you’ve signed up for and their status. To this end, creating a few groups of simple kanban boards will accomplish the task.

For example, you can include groups like Planned apprenticeships, Registered courses, Current course, Suspended courses, and Completed courses. For detailed course content and learning plan, you can describe the respective data in each task.

Organized and effective career planning

Career planning is a never-ending process that you must pursue throughout your life. After you graduate from college for a full-time job and after you retire, you need to plan your career.

If you follow the kanban board career planning methods mentioned above, you can organize tasks more efficiently and track their progress. You can create a database from your tasks and comments on such a kanban board for the future. This database should help you plan the next step in your career.

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