By, Haley S. and Kyle H.
Career Planning is an important, ongoing process. You can never begin planning too early for your career. The career you eventually choose will affect the quality of your life. One important step in career planning is to learn about various jobs. You can learn about jobs from many sources.
One very good resource for you to learn about jobs is the Occupational Outlook Handbook. This United States Department of Labor publication is “a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. “ Revised every two years, the Handbook describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.
This resource will tell you about thousands of jobs. Some of the jobs described include rock star, athlete, zookeeper, police officer, and reporter. In addition, the Handbook will tell you where to look to get more information about a career.
Another useful step in career planning is to complete a self-assessment. This process will reveal you values and interests. Making the right plans for your future during these changing times can be difficult. The self-assessment process will give you more choices and broaden you options. Then you can feel sure that you are on the right career path (http://www.cdm.uwaterloo.ca/step1.asp).
Your values help you set your priorities in life. Values affect the importance you place on family, security, and wealth (Fulton-Calkins and Hanks 2000). You should identify your values early in life. Then you can consider those values when you choose a career.
Interests are best described as activities you like or subjects that appeal to you. By listing and analyzing our interests, you should be able to identify a desirable work setting. For example, your list may reveal that you like to work with things more than with people. Perhaps you like to work alone most of the time and work with others only once in a while. You may like to work outdoors rather than indoors.