It's your career.Own it.

This guide is a tool to help you
plan your career at Transport

It will take you through a series of questions to get you to reflect on where you’re at now, where you want to go and help you develop a plan to get there.

Tips and resources

  • Careers at Transport
    Access resources and information about careers at Transport.
  • I work for NSW
    Search for job opportunities across the NSW public sector, including those available within the Transport cluster.
  • Mentoring at Transport
    Check out this guide to self-directed mentoring at Transport, with links to useful resources like the mentoring toolkit and implementation pack to get you started.
  • Department of Education and Training Career Development
    Access Australian Government resources to help you plan and make informed decisions about your education, training and career choices.
  • Public Sector Commission Capability Discovery Tool
    This online tool allows you to assess whether you have the capabilities (skills, knowledge, abilities and behaviours) for public sector roles. Note, many public sector roles are not currently aligned with these capabilities, but in the future many more will be.
  • Careers Online
    This online job seekers’ workshop offers resources to help guide career planning.
  • Holland Code Career Test
    This test assesses your suitability for different careers based on six occupational themes. The test identifies your top interest area and enables you to search for careers that match your interests.
  • My Plan Value Assessment
    This assessment can help you identify your motivations and what’s really important to you in your career. It ranks different aspects of work, encouraging you to look at jobs or industries you may not have considered before.
  • MAPP Career Test
    This online career test gives you an overall idea of where your career motivations lie and your top 10 vocational areas.
  • Keirsey Temperament Sorter
    This personality assessment provides insights into how you communicate and the impact this tends to have on your actions.

Step 1.
Know where you’re headed.

Answer these questions to start creating a meaningful career plan that builds on your strengths and interests.

What are the most important skills you’ve gained in your career so far?

Which experiences have had a major impact on your career?

Which describes your current performance?

  • Still developing in your current role
  • Good performance, but room for development
  • High performance, ready for new challenges

What do you value most at work?

Eg. work life balance, type of work, flexibility, location, management, creativity, independence, recognition etc.

What aspects don’t you value?

What are you good at?

What are you recognised for most often? What achievements are you most proud of?

What are your three main development areas?

Based on your performance development reviews and feedback from your manager and colleagues.

What personal priorities may influence your career decisions and in what ways?

What are your career aspirations?

Which options below reflect your short-term (1-2 years) and long-term (3-5 years) career goals?

  • In the same or a similar role but performing better and with more experience and capability
  • In a new or more senior role in the same team or same area of expertise
  • In a completely different role and industry (what’s motivating you to do this?)

What skills, capabilities, knowledge or behaviours do you need to develop to fulfil your career aspirations?

Think about your short-term (1-2 years) and long-term (3-5 years) goals.

Tips and resources

  • Careers at Transport
    Access resources and information about careers at Transport.
  • I work for NSW
    Search for job opportunities across the NSW public sector, including those available within the Transport cluster.
  • Mentoring at Transport
    Check out this guide to self-directed mentoring at Transport, with links to useful resources like the mentoring toolkit and implementation pack to get you started.
  • Department of Education and Training Career Development
    Access Australian Government resources to help you plan and make informed decisions about your education, training and career choices.
  • Public Sector Commission Capability Discovery Tool
    This online tool allows you to assess whether you have the capabilities (skills, knowledge, abilities and behaviours) for public sector roles. Note, many public sector roles are not currently aligned with these capabilities, but in the future many more will be.
  • Careers Online
    This online job seekers’ workshop offers resources to help guide career planning.
  • Holland Code Career Test
    This test assesses your suitability for different careers based on six occupational themes. The test identifies your top interest area and enables you to search for careers that match your interests.
  • My Plan Value Assessment
    This assessment can help you identify your motivations and what’s really important to you in your career. It ranks different aspects of work, encouraging you to look at jobs or industries you may not have considered before.
  • MAPP Career Test
    This online career test gives you an overall idea of where your career motivations lie and your top 10 vocational areas.
  • Keirsey Temperament Sorter
    This personality assessment provides insights into how you communicate and the impact this tends to have on your actions.

Step 2.
Develop a planto get there.

What development opportunities are available to me?

The most valuable development happens through on-the-job experiences (70%) and exposure to others (20%), e.g. through feedback or mentoring. Formal training makes a smaller contribution (10%). Think about which development activities in each category are right for you to start creating your development plan.


Exposure to other teams, business units or senior leaders

  • Talk to someone in a role that relates to your career aspirations
  • Visit a business unit that you’d like to work with
  • Have a conversation with a senior leader in the lunchroom
  • Do a presentation on your area of expertise in a team meeting
  • Become a mentor to someone outside your team

Shadowing

  • Observe a more experienced teammate while they undertake a task involving skills you want to develop

Take on more difficult tasks or assignments

  • Chair a committee or team meeting to develop your project management and communication skills
  • Champion a change – become the expert and share your knowledge with others
  • Ask your manager or teammate to delegate tasks to you that align with your development areas

Work on a short-term project within or outside your team

  • Undertake an internal project that enables you to develop new skills e.g. improve a process, join a committee or working group
  • Volunteer with a community organisation to develop new skills

Short-term secondment / increased responsibility

  • Backfill for someone in another team or business area while they are on leave
  • Fill in for your manager or a senior team member when they are on leave
  • Ask your manager or senior team member to delegate some of their responsibilities to you
  • Go on secondment in a more senior role or a role which you are not familiar with

Internal mentoring or coaching

  • Seek support and advice from a mentor or coach within your organisation
  • Brainstorm ideas or seek advice from a more senior colleague, or a subject matter expert in another team about a work-related problem

Seek feedback from others

  • Ask a colleague to review your work or observe you undertaking a work task and provide feedback on your performance – offer to do the same for them
  • Ask others for more regular feedback during day-to-day work

Build and participate in internal and external networks

  • Set up a LinkedIn profile and connect with people you would like to work with in the future
  • Join groups relevant to your career aspirations, participate in discussions or networking events
  • If you have Transport Equip, build your profile with your capabilities or search for someone with capabilities matching your development areas

Knowledge-sharing relationships with others

  • Share information with others using technology or existing forums
  • Share an interesting and relevant article to your network on LinkedIn
  • Read and comment on an intranet blog post from a senior leader
  • Create a resource (e.g. a user guide, video or instructions) for a new process, system or work task and share it with your team

Set up a formal mentoring or coaching relationship

  • Use the Mentoring Implementation Pack and Toolkit (link) to set up a formal mentoring relationship

eLearning, books and research

  • Complete online learning or read up on a particular topic
  • Complete short online courses related to your development areas, via your agency’s online learning management system
  • Read articles, journals, books, research or information about best practices related to your career aspirations
  • Sign up to professional bodies or online reference portals

Training workshops

  • Undertake training related to your development areas or career aspirations
  • Learn and practise new skills in a safe environment by attending a training workshop

Gain a qualification

  • Investigate what qualifications match your career aspirations and enrol in a course

Tips and resources

  • Careers at Transport
    Access resources and information about careers at Transport.
  • I work for NSW
    Search for job opportunities across the NSW public sector, including those available within the Transport cluster.
  • Mentoring at Transport
    Check out this guide to self-directed mentoring at Transport, with links to useful resources like the mentoring toolkit and implementation pack to get you started.
  • Department of Education and Training Career Development
    Access Australian Government resources to help you plan and make informed decisions about your education, training and career choices.
  • Public Sector Commission Capability Discovery Tool
    This online tool allows you to assess whether you have the capabilities (skills, knowledge, abilities and behaviours) for public sector roles. Note, many public sector roles are not currently aligned with these capabilities, but in the future many more will be.
  • Careers Online
    This online job seekers’ workshop offers resources to help guide career planning.
  • Holland Code Career Test
    This test assesses your suitability for different careers based on six occupational themes. The test identifies your top interest area and enables you to search for careers that match your interests.
  • My Plan Value Assessment
    This assessment can help you identify your motivations and what’s really important to you in your career. It ranks different aspects of work, encouraging you to look at jobs or industries you may not have considered before.
  • MAPP Career Test
    This online career test gives you an overall idea of where your career motivations lie and your top 10 vocational areas.
  • Keirsey Temperament Sorter
    This personality assessment provides insights into how you communicate and the impact this tends to have on your actions.

Step 3.
Prepare for your development
conversation.

Use this conversation starter to discuss your career aspirations and development plan with your manager and get their guidance, feedback and support to make it happen. Remember to incorporate any development opportunities into your formal Performance Development and Review Plan you create with your manager.

I believe my strengths are …

  • Do you agree?
  • What would you change or add?

I believe my current areas for growth and development are …

  • Do you agree?
  • What would you change or add?

My goals for the next 1–2 years are…

In 3–5 years, I aim to be doing …

  • Do you think these goals are realistic?
  • Is the timeframe I have in mind reasonable?
  • What advice would you give based on what you know of my skills and capabilities?

These are the development opportunities I’ve identified to meet my needs and broader career goals …

  • What are your thoughts on these?
  • Are there any other development opportunities or activities that you think would help me to meet my goals?
  • What other on-the-job development activities, tasks or short-term projects can I consider?
  • Which other teams or business units across the cluster do you think would be relevant for me to get exposure to, or who I should contact for shadowing activities?
  • Who would you suggest I contact for mentoring, coaching or feedback to help me meet my development needs?

We’ve decided my development activities will be …

What is the approval process or next steps I need to undertake to make these development activities happen? Schedule in a time to follow up on these actions or check in at your next meeting.

Tips and resources

  • Careers at Transport
    Access resources and information about careers at Transport.
  • I work for NSW
    Search for job opportunities across the NSW public sector, including those available within the Transport cluster.
  • Mentoring at Transport
    Check out this guide to self-directed mentoring at Transport, with links to useful resources like the mentoring toolkit and implementation pack to get you started.
  • Department of Education and Training Career Development
    Access Australian Government resources to help you plan and make informed decisions about your education, training and career choices.
  • Public Sector Commission Capability Discovery Tool
    This online tool allows you to assess whether you have the capabilities (skills, knowledge, abilities and behaviours) for public sector roles. Note, many public sector roles are not currently aligned with these capabilities, but in the future many more will be.
  • Careers Online
    This online job seekers’ workshop offers resources to help guide career planning.
  • Holland Code Career Test
    This test assesses your suitability for different careers based on six occupational themes. The test identifies your top interest area and enables you to search for careers that match your interests.
  • My Plan Value Assessment
    This assessment can help you identify your motivations and what’s really important to you in your career. It ranks different aspects of work, encouraging you to look at jobs or industries you may not have considered before.
  • MAPP Career Test
    This online career test gives you an overall idea of where your career motivations lie and your top 10 vocational areas.
  • Keirsey Temperament Sorter
    This personality assessment provides insights into how you communicate and the impact this tends to have on your actions.

Step 4
Take action.

Now it’s over to you to own your career! Create your development plan and get support from your manager to make it happen. Remember, no matter which role or agency you are working in across the Transport cluster, your career at Transport is what you make it.

Check out some more tips and tricks to help you get going.

  • Careers at Transport
    Access resources and information about careers at Transport.
  • I work for NSW
    Search for job opportunities across the NSW public sector, including those available within the Transport cluster.
  • Mentoring at Transport
    Check out this guide to self-directed mentoring at Transport, with links to useful resources like the mentoring toolkit and implementation pack to get you started.
  • Department of Education and Training Career Development
    Access Australian Government resources to help you plan and make informed decisions about your education, training and career choices.
  • Public Sector Commission Capability Discovery Tool
    This online tool allows you to assess whether you have the capabilities (skills, knowledge, abilities and behaviours) for public sector roles. Note, many public sector roles are not currently aligned with these capabilities, but in the future many more will be.
  • Careers Online
    This online job seekers’ workshop offers resources to help guide career planning.
  • Holland Code Career Test
    This test assesses your suitability for different careers based on six occupational themes. The test identifies your top interest area and enables you to search for careers that match your interests.
  • My Plan Value Assessment
    This assessment can help you identify your motivations and what’s really important to you in your career. It ranks different aspects of work, encouraging you to look at jobs or industries you may not have considered before.
  • MAPP Career Test
    This online career test gives you an overall idea of where your career motivations lie and your top 10 vocational areas.
  • Keirsey Temperament Sorter
    This personality assessment provides insights into how you communicate and the impact this tends to have on your actions.

You may be able to get support for development activities through your agency. Contact HR Advisory to find out what support is available.


HR Advisory
Phone: 1800 618 445
Email: tfnswhr@transport.nsw.gov.au
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm
           (excluding public holidays)

Want to download a copy of the Career Guide so you can take some notes as you go through each step? Download it now.

Tips and resources

  • Careers at Transport
    Access resources and information about careers at Transport.
  • I work for NSW
    Search for job opportunities across the NSW public sector, including those available within the Transport cluster.
  • Mentoring at Transport
    Check out this guide to self-directed mentoring at Transport, with links to useful resources like the mentoring toolkit and implementation pack to get you started.
  • Department of Education and Training Career Development
    Access Australian Government resources to help you plan and make informed decisions about your education, training and career choices.
  • Public Sector Commission Capability Discovery Tool
    This online tool allows you to assess whether you have the capabilities (skills, knowledge, abilities and behaviours) for public sector roles. Note, many public sector roles are not currently aligned with these capabilities, but in the future many more will be.
  • Careers Online
    This online job seekers’ workshop offers resources to help guide career planning.
  • Holland Code Career Test
    This test assesses your suitability for different careers based on six occupational themes. The test identifies your top interest area and enables you to search for careers that match your interests.
  • My Plan Value Assessment
    This assessment can help you identify your motivations and what’s really important to you in your career. It ranks different aspects of work, encouraging you to look at jobs or industries you may not have considered before.
  • MAPP Career Test
    This online career test gives you an overall idea of where your career motivations lie and your top 10 vocational areas.
  • Keirsey Temperament Sorter
    This personality assessment provides insights into how you communicate and the impact this tends to have on your actions.

Tips and resources

  • Careers at Transport
    Access resources and information about careers at Transport.
  • I work for NSW
    Search for job opportunities across the NSW public sector, including those available within the Transport cluster.
  • Mentoring at Transport
    Check out this guide to self-directed mentoring at Transport, with links to useful resources like the mentoring toolkit and implementation pack to get you started.
  • Department of Education and Training Career Development
    Access Australian Government resources to help you plan and make informed decisions about your education, training and career choices.
  • Public Sector Commission Capability Discovery Tool
    This online tool allows you to assess whether you have the capabilities (skills, knowledge, abilities and behaviours) for public sector roles. Note, many public sector roles are not currently aligned with these capabilities, but in the future many more will be.
  • Careers Online
    This online job seekers’ workshop offers resources to help guide career planning.
  • Holland Code Career Test
    This test assesses your suitability for different careers based on six occupational themes. The test identifies your top interest area and enables you to search for careers that match your interests.
  • My Plan Value Assessment
    This assessment can help you identify your motivations and what’s really important to you in your career. It ranks different aspects of work, encouraging you to look at jobs or industries you may not have considered before.
  • MAPP Career Test
    This online career test gives you an overall idea of where your career motivations lie and your top 10 vocational areas.
  • Keirsey Temperament Sorter
    This personality assessment provides insights into how you communicate and the impact this tends to have on your actions.