Tips for Planning a Great Career Part II
People search for environments that let them exercise their skills and abilities, express their attitudes and values. A place to take on problems and roles they find stimulating and satisfying. A career choice and career adjustment represents an extension of your personality.
Research occupations. Find out more about the nature of the jobs that interest you, such as educational requirements, salary, working conditions, future outlook, and anything else that can help you determine the best career for you.
Gain practical experience. Evaluate your occupational choices and gain practical experience through internships, cooperative education, relevant summer employment, volunteer work, and campus activities.
Interview people whose occupations interest you. You can always find someone who has done something that at least approximates what you want to do. If possible, set up personal meetings or phone calls with these people to discuss the nature of their work. You will learn a great deal about your new career and will be better informed when choosing a career direction.
Plan your personal job search campaign. Once you are aware of your career values, interests, and skills and are ready to launch yourself into a new career, you need to plan your personal job campaign. This entails establishing your career goals, planning and organizing your job search campaign, preparing materials, and achieving your job search campaign objectives within the timeframe you have set.
Begin preparation for a job search. Before embarking on a new career search, it is crucial to learn how to prepare resumes and cover letters specifically designed for a career change. Additionally, since you will need to practice identifying and communicating your transferable skills, you will need more time to prepare for interviews.
A career is not just a formalized development process for the few, but rather a lifelong development process for all.