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How to Choose a Career That Fits You

What do you want to be when you grow up? Now that you’re an adult or almost one, how do you actually get the answer to that question? This guide will show you how.

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When you were young, you were probably only aware of a few occupations to answer the question, “What do I want to be when I grow up?”

But there are so many occupations to choose from, including new ones that didn’t even exist a few years ago. How do you sort through all the options and choose a career that will be the right fit for your future?

Career planning is a great way to find occupations that fit who you are. But it can give you more than just a shortlist to choose from. Your career is the sum total of your jobs, your education, and your life roles. So career planning can help you manage important life and work decisions over the years.

Use this guide if you want to:

  • Think about your values, needs, and preferences
  • Explore your learning, work, and life options
  • Ensure your work reflects your personal priorities
  • Adjust your career plans to manage the realities of the work world

We recommend going through these resources in the given order so you get the most benefit out of your career planning efforts.

How to Choose a Career That Fits You
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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.
During the first step of planning your career, you got to know yourself better. Next, learn about occupations that may fit your skills, interests, and values.
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.
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