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Career planning is a lifelong process that can help you manage important life and work decisions. Find out how you can benefit from it.
Wondering what all this talk about planning for your future is about? Find out why it might be a good idea to start thinking about your career now.
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 what you value, 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 and maybe discover some new ones.
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.
Part of career planning is to compare and evaluate your career options. Follow these suggestions to help identify the best option for you.
The third step in planning your career is to get ready 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.
Setting goals based on your dreams can help you face challenges and make changes in your life and career. Learn how to set SMART goals.

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.

Go to another section Know Yourself, Explore Options, Get Ready or Take Action.

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.

Explore Options...discover what will work for you...

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

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