|"The decision you make about which
career to pursue probably is, or will be, a major part of your life.
It will affect where you live, your income, how much time you spend
at home, your travels, and how you spend your leisure time."
|What is Career Planning?
Career planning is a process, which includes
choosing an occupation, acquiring the necessary education, getting
a job, further developing yourself and skills while in your job, possibly
changing careers, and eventually retiring.
If you're not sure where to start, try using
the steps outlined below.
|Step 1. Self-Assessment:
"I don't know what I want to do. Is there a test or
something that can tell me what career is right for me?"
The answer is no. You can't take a test that will, as if by
magic, tell you what to do with the rest of your life. You can
however use a combination of self assessment tools that will
aid you in your decision." Assessments are tools that
help you discover important things about yourself. They identify
possible careers based on different things - like your interests,
skills, work values and personality - each contributing one
piece of the whole puzzle. The assessments in MCP are geared
to tap each of these 4 major areas.
|Step 2: Exploration:
Before you make any big decisions, take advantage of the information
that's available. This information can help you answer questions
you have. What careers do you find especially interesting? How
much education and training will you need? Where will you find
the training you will need? Will you need a license? What skills
will you need to develop? How much money will you make? One
of the major outcomes during this stage of the process is that
you will narrow down your options and create a general sense
of career direction. Harnessing the power of US Department of
Labor, FOCUS - one of the most popular online career planning
systems used in colleges today, the US Department of Education,
and ongoing research, MCP has developed one of the most extensive
databases of information available to aid you in this process.
|Step 3: Plan
The plan is nothing more than the roadmap which will get you from
where you are now to where you want to be at a later point in time.
Whether your plan includes going to college or searching for a job,
MCP has all the tools you need to get you started.
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