Planning a career

Planning a career

When it’s time to choose and plan a career path, a lot of people feel like the Venn diagram above. That’s totally normal! Hardly anyone knows exactly what they want to do with their lives when they graduate from high school, and most people change careers several times during their time in the workforce anyway. It makes more sense to think of career planning as an ongoing process of skill building, networking and self-evaluation. Here are some great tools to get you started.

The process of planning a career involves many steps:

—Identifying your strengths and talents

—Understanding how to match your skills and interests to careers that you would enjoy

—Choosing educational pathways that support your career goals

—Researching career profiles and salaries (after all, money matters!)

—Building suitable experiences by finding internships that allow you to “take the industry for a test drive” while gaining skills you can use in any job

—Making good decisions for yourself

 

COOL LINKS

whatcareerisrightforme.com: Take the Career Aptitude Test

careerinfonet.org/skills/: Create a list of your skills and match them to job types

onetonline.org: Provides comprehensive information on key attributes and characteristics of different occupations and the workers who do them

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