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6 STEPS IN CAREER PLANNING
The ability to find personal satisfaction in the work we do has a tremendous effect on how we see ourselves, and our lives. Below are some suggestions to help you plan for a successful future:
1. Examine the following:
INTERESTS: What do you like or dislike when it comes to jobs, school subjects, leisure activities?
VALUES: What do you find rewarding in work and school? What is most important to you in your life?
PERSONALITY: What types of people do you enjoy being around? What are your personal characteristics?
LIFESTYLE: Where do you want to live? What are your family's needs? What is your financial situation now, and how do you see it changing in the future?
2. Understand the requirements and specifics of the career fields you are interested in by researching:
| EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS
JOB DUTIES / RESPONSIBILITIES
3. Compare your answers in Step 1 (interests, aptitudes, values, personality and lifestyle) with the career requirements listed in Step 2.
4. Determine several possible options available to you. Review the alternatives, compare them with each other, and make a list of the advantages and disadvantages of each alternative. For example, examine the fit between the possibilities and your personal values. What are your three top choices? If you're still undecided, review steps 1 through 3 again.
5. Make a tentative September 18, 2013 decision. Develop a plan of action to help you work toward your goal:
A. Clearly state you tentative career/educational goal.
B. Does this choice match your values, interests, abilities, etc.?
C. Determine the training/education you will need.
D. Determine where and when you will get this training.
E. Estimate the cost of your training (tuition costs, living expenses, etc).
F. Be aware of the "hidden expenses" of your training, such as not being able to work while you are employed, and compare this with any increased earning potential you may realize after training. How long will it take you to regain your financial investment in your education once you enter the workforce in your new career field?
G. Investigate sources of financial aid: grants, scholarships, etc.
H. List at least five steps you will take, and the approximate date you will complete each step, to accomplish your goal.
I. Frequently review your plan and revise as needed.
6. Prepare to enter the work world: 1) Learn how to write a resume, letter of application, and how to fill out job applications; 2) Contact potential employers; 3) Practice interviewing.
The Impact of Your Career on Your Life
Your career, most probably, will have greater influence over your life and your lifestyle than any other single factor. Your career determines things like:
More than any other factor, your job - or your career - is going to determine how you live. Thus, give it a great deal of attention and thought.