Planning a career

Planning a career, especially while still in high school or just starting college, can seem like a huge undertaking. It’s understandable that you don’t want to make a mistake, but recognize that planning a career is full of trials and tribulations. If you consider your likes and dislikes up front, you can head in a direction and make adjustments in your career when the need arises. The way positions and careers are evolving, you may need to readjust, change direction, and re-evaluate the market.

Preparing for your career may be reflected in these initiatives. In following these steps you can make decisions that are right for you. Reviewing your goals and skills will enable you to:

1. Take a realistic look at your strengths, weaknesses, and interests.

What can help you achieve your goals and what obstacles could get in your way? What types of work, school courses and activities appeal to you? What interests you? What do you do well now, and what skills have you gained through experience? What is your work ethic?

2. Explore all your options.

It’s hard to know what to do for a vocation when you aren’t aware of all the possibilities. Here are just a few ways to find career information: Explore your career options using assessment inventories. Explore possible careers by talking to people who work in those fields. Spend time with people whose activities intrigue you. Volunteer or work in a job that interests you. Discuss your career and educational plans with your Career Counselor, School counselor, parents and other interested parties.

3. Reflect on issues that can influence your strategy and act on achieving your goals.

What activities help you learn? What schools offer the preparation you require? What finances will you use for tuition? Can you get financial aid, a scholarship, or get assistance from your family? Will you have to work while you are going to school? How will you balance your work and going to school? Will you be able to manage family and relationship commitments?

Answering these questions are not always easy, but it will help you get on the right track.

Howard Chusid, Ed.D. is an experienced Career Counselor and has the designation of Master Professional Career Counselor He has the training and experience to give Career Assessments such as the Strong, MBTI, SDS and others. He is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and a member of the National Career Development Association, American Counseling Association and the American Psychological Association.


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