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Career Planning: Advice For Your Future

Jun 4, 2008
Countless career opportunities exist in almost any field you can imagine. The problem is that most people aren't aware of these opportunities and don't know how to take advantage of them. This same principle applies to those who are starting out in a new career. Many people end up in lifetime careers they aren't happy with just because they didn't do adequate career planning when they were young. This article will show the importance of early career planning as well as explain how to do effective career planning.

Every adolescent sets their sites on some wonderful career, whether it's to be the next Neil Armstrong or Jimmy Hendrix. No one person's dream is the same as another. The sky is the limit. Whatever you dream, you can achieve. With the proper career planning and studying hard in school, anything is possible. The key is persevering and not giving up on your dreams.

It's best to start early, and a good way to start is by asking adults you know for opinions about their jobs. You might ask your parents, aunts or uncles, older friends, or teachers about their jobs. Ask for their opinion on careers that you know about and ask them if they can help you get more information about others. Their extensive experience and interaction will help you make a career choice.

If you are still unsure after having spoken with these experienced individuals, you should look promptly to a professional for career counseling. For students still in high school, there is more than likely a career counselor at the school's career center. These professionals are well trained in recognizing both career needs, as well as skill sets of those they guide, along with these talents they also have several potential psychometric tests available to aid them in determining suitable career paths for those they counsel.

Career planning guides can be found at a library, at a bookstore, or on the net. A good one covers both common and uncommon jobs, and also lists the skills required to effectively do those jobs. Anecdotes from people working in a given field are often helpful; if you can imagine yourself in their place easily, the odds are that this is a good possible career for you.

Having said that, it's also just as vital to factor in a person's personality, skills, aptitude, and priorities if career planning is to be successful. SWOT analysis can assist you in doing this holistic type of analysis. When it comes to originality and enthusiasm, the sky is the limit. There's no reason not to dream big. Once you've singled out a dream career, all you have to do is support that dream with pillars of reality.

When starting a career there are many opportunities -- but they must be seized. In this brief, I hope to demonstrate to our younger audience that it is greatly to their advantage to start career planning early. Look for the opinions of friends, parents, neighbors, teachers, and several others about their employment. They can draw on their wealth of experience in different fields, and seeking their advice will also be helpful to you in making your career choice. If after these conversations, you still feel hesitant or hazy about a possible career; you should waste no time in seeking career counseling from a professional.
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George Purdy is a well-known public speaker on career planning and has written several articles and essays on this subject matter. More info, resources and great products on career coaches.
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