PLANNING YOUR CAREER PATH
A career includes all jobs within a lifetime of
employment. Planning your career involves determining
individual strengths and interests and matching those abilities with
occupations. Once an occupation of interest is determined, it is
important to investigate the necessary skills, abilities, and
training to gain employment in a field of work. Keep in mind that
most people change jobs and even career paths at least five times
within a lifetime so your first choice is not the only possibility.
Step 1: Determine your career interests by
completing interest inventories and surveys. Take two or three to
make sure the information is consistent with your interests
Career Interest Surveys
"What do I want to do for my career?" and "What
education do I need after high school to achieve my goal?" are important questions that need to be addressed. One of the first steps that a student can take in the college/career search is in the process of self-knowledge. Listed below are websites that contain surveys to assist in the self-discovery process.
Step Two: Research careers of interest.
Research job descriptions, education requirements, earnings, skills
and aptitudes needed, and advancements within the profession.
Step Three: Determine the post-secondary option that is
best for you.
Step 4: Set your career goals in
Based upon your research and career
interest surveys write down your career goals
Determine what high school courses you
need to reach your goals
Determine the finances needed to reach
Step 5: Learn about the career through
Shadow someone working in the profession
Interview someone in the profession
Obtain a summer internship working the
in the field
Join a student organization related to
Enroll in high school courses related to
your job interest
Additional Career Search Resources
Interview, letter writing, and resume advice
Getting ready for college? Visit
Off to College
Find student employment and learn about government
jobs at Student Jobs
Search for careers in "Health Careers in Georgia."
Navigate an Interactive Career Guide for teenagers.
Research careers at Career Infonet.
Obtain additional information at
American School Counselor Association Web Site
for career and college information.