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Plan Your Career

Take This Quick 10 Question Career Quiz

You can be anything you want.Answer

False. Effective career planning includes recognizing your strengths and limitations. If you don’t have webbed feet and feathers, you can’t be a duck.

There’s only one “right” occupation for you.Answer

False. The world of work is more flexible than you might think. Many people use their strengths, values, skills, interests, and experiences successfully in a number of different occupations throughout their career—and so can you.

You need to know what you want to be by the time you leave high school.Answer

False. While it’s a good idea to have a sense of direction (or a couple of directions you want to explore) by the time you leave high school, it’s also a good idea to stay open to the opportunities you’ll find along the way.

Only professionals have careers.Answer

False. Your career is the overall course of the work-related things you do in a lifetime. A house painter has a career. A landscape painter has a career. Try telling Bill Gates (who is not a professional) that he hasn’t got a career.

It’s a good idea to change your work every 2 to 3 years.Answer

False. Yes, changing work roles is more common than it was 2 or 3 decades ago. But when you find work that engages you, why would you change it for the sake of changing?

A career counsellor can tell you what to be.Answer

False. You’re the one who knows you best. You can seek guidance and advice, but the journey is ultimately yours to make.

You can’t make a living from what you love to do.Answer

False. Yes, you can! Especially if you learn to think sector.

Making a lot of money will make you happy.Answer

False. Studies tell us this is just not true. Celebrity magazines give us daily proof. Check out authentichappiness.com.

You’ll know it (career, path, ideal job) when you see it.Answer

False. To buy into this idea, you’d have to be pretty sure there’s a life out there somewhere with your name on it, just waiting to be found.

You can plan your career path.Answer

True but also False! Yes, it’s a good idea make active career decisions like choosing a post-secondary program or applying for a specific job. But your career is a journey and no one, not even you, can predict the twists and turns in the path. Plan it, then experience and respond to whatever comes up. It’s your life!

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