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Career planning is a lifelong process that can help you manage important life and work decisions. Consider your priorities, options, and strengths to build a plan that gets you where you want to go.
Career planning helps you make decisions throughout your career, whether you are just starting or planning retirement. Follow these 4 steps to plan your career.
Knowing what to do after high school starts with knowing yourself. Take the first steps by understanding your values, interests, and abilities.
The first step in planning your career is to know your values, your interests, and the things you’re good at. It's time to get to know yourself. Take one or more of the quizzes to help plan your career path.
When planning your career, it’s important to explore the occupations you’re interested in. You might even discover opportunities you didn’t know you have.
The second step in planning your career is to explore the occupations you’re interested in and maybe discover some new ones. Find the tools you'll need.
Making big decisions is about taking control of your life. Here’s some advice on how to make important career decisions with confidence.
The third step in planning your career is to make your decision and evaluate your career options. Follow these suggestions to help identify the best option for you.
By now, you’ve decided on your next career move. You also know there will be challenges. It's time to make sure your career move will be a success.
Get where you want to go. It can be exciting to identify a career direction and create a plan to pursue it! At the same time, where you are right now can seem like a long way from where you want to be. These 5 steps will help you take action and shorten the distance between you and your vision of the future.
Your dreams for your future can be powerful motivators. But, to achieve them, you need to set goals. By taking the SMARTER approach, you’ll be better equipped to face challenges and make changes in your life and career.
The second step in planning your career is to explore the occupations you’re interested in and maybe discover some new ones. Find the tools you'll need.

Career Options Research

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In this section you'll talk to people and research occupations. Start your research with things that you can read or watch.

Hands-On Experience

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One of the best ways to explore a career option is to try it. There are several ways to get hands-on experience in an occupation, educational program or industry without making a major commitment.
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Make Choices About Work and Life

Life is full of choices and decisions to be made. Whether you're considering planning your career, changing jobs, upgrading your skills, or trying to balance work with the needs of your family, these articles will help you see your options, make a decision, set goals, and complete the tasks that will lead you closer to your vision for your life.

Looking at Challenges and Opportunities

There are thousands of career options. This is both a challenge and an opportunity.

The Challenge: Explore career options without feeling overwhelmed.
The Opportunity: Explore career options you may not have thought about.

Here's how to manage the challenge and make the most of the opportunity:

  • Know your interests, abilities, work values, skills, traits, preferred working conditions and multiple intelligences. If you aren't sure what these are, check out Know Yourself.
  • Focus on 1 occupation and explore all aspects of it. Choose an occupation from My Favourite Occupations in My Career Plan. If you still haven't chosen an occupation in your Career Plan, check out the Interests Exercise and Abilities Exercise.
  • Browse to see what occupations grab your interest.

By exploring your options you can find out:

  • What people do on the job
  • What the working conditions are (hours of work, shift work, indoor, outdoor, seasonal)
  • What the training or educational requirements are
  • Which skills people need to do the job
  • What the employment outlook is
  • What typical career paths are available