Are you a high school or college student who just isn’t sure what you
want to do with you career path? Don’t fret because career planning can
be one of the most overwhelming situations in your life. It’s never too
early to begin career planning, but it can also be mind-boggling if you
don’t have a specific job in mind that you’ll want to do and where you
want your life to finally end up. But don’t worry; there are resources
and help that are at your disposal which you absolutely should take
advantage of when it comes to planning your career.
The first place you need to look at is inside yourself. When we’re
little, we all have dreams about what we want to be when we grow up.
While some of us never really want to grow up, the reality is that we
will eventually have to earn a paycheck. Unless you’re Donald Trump’s
child, you won’t be able to survive in the world without a job. So why
should you spend so much time working at a job you’re not happy with?
That’s why career planning is so very important – even in high school.
After you’ve identified a career path you think you might want to pursue,
it might be a good idea to find out if you’re on the right track by
taking a career interest test. These tests are available in many places
online and take about twenty minutes to complete. Based on the answers
you gave, you will be given a list of possible careers that will fit you
and your personality as well as your abilities and talents. You should
then take a good look at this list and find a career path that appeals to
you. That’s when you can begin your career planning in earnest.
When beginning career planning, you need to set short-term as well as
long-term goals. A short-term goal in career planning might be to get a
job in the music industry. A long-term goals would be to own your own
recording studio. Goal setting – just like with many different things in
life – can help keep you focused and realize what you need to accomplish
in order to achieve your goals. Without goals, you are just wandering
aimlessly, and that won’t get you anywhere in life except down the wrong
After you have set your goals, the next step in career planning is to set
about getting the training you need that will get you into the career you
have chosen. That usually means education and/or training. For most
jobs, you will need to have some type of education and/or training. You
should immediately figure out whether or not you need to have a degree to
work in the career field you have chosen or whether an internship will
give you the experience you need. Then you need to register for the
classes and get top grades which can make the ultimate difference in your
Of course, career planning has many more steps, but the above advice
should get you well on your way!