Your career is constantly evolving. Starting with uncertainty, you assess your values, skills, interests. Then you review the existing jobs, career fields and industries to find a good match. Focusing on a career field or industry, make sure that you have the training or other qualifications you'll need, and start building relationships with people in that field. Then you can identify the employers you'd most like to work for and pursue a job there. Several years later, you'll be ready to move to the next stage of your career, and you'll do another self-assesment and begin the process again!
Four phases of career development
- Research occupations (we have 80+ articles about business careers, and other industry-specific resources for education, museum, and library science careers)
- Decision and preparation
- Career Transitions
Your career is not a static element in your life; it is ever-evolving and changing. Today's reality is that you will constantly be picking up new training, new skills throughout your career. You will exercise more control over your career than most of your parents did, and it is likely to be more varied than theirs. Take the time to think about who you are now, what skills, interests and values you have. Take the time to investigate what kinds of opportunities out there would allow you to engage these interests, skills and values. Pay attention to what is going on in the industries that interest you; 30% of the jobs that will be available five years from now don't even exist today!