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  • "Don't bunt. Aim out of the ball park. Aim for the company of immortals." ~ David Ogilvy

  • "Be ready when opportunity comes. . . Luck is the time when preparation and opportunity meet." ~ Roy Chapin

  • "Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune." ?~ Jim Rohn

    "The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change." ~ Carl Rogers

    "It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." ~ e.e. cummings

May 21, 2024

Career Planning

Before you begin career planning, it is important to understand the terms work, job, occupation and career.

Work is anything that is done for paid employment or unpaid volunteering.

A job is the activity that you do at a particular place of employment.

An occupation is a category of jobs that require similar training and have similar responsibilities

A career is a combination of your life experiences: your education, paid work, volunteer work, marital status, family responsibilities, hobbies, leisure and retirement activities, as well as other lifestyle choices you make throughout your lifetime.

Career planning is the process of developing your roles and using your experiences to create the life you want to live. Since these roles and experiences are forever changing, it is important to understand that career planning is a very dynamic process and you will continue to evaulate and adjust your career plans in response to external factors such as changes in the workplace, and internal factors such as a shift in interests or a change in life circumstances.

Career planning experts have developed the High Five messages, as a foundation for successful career and life planning:

Message #1: Follow Your Heart 

People are happiest and do their best when doing what they love.

Message #2: Access Your Allies

Involve others in your career planning: family, neighbours, coaches, teachers and friends. You may also find helpful people at local employment and career centres in the community.

Message #3: Change is Constant

Both in work and in life, change is constant and can create opportunities. Be flexible, versatile and adaptable to harness the power of change.

Message #4: Learning is Lifelong

As the world continues to change, you must continue to learn. Learning how to learn is an important skill to master.

Message #5: Focus on the Journey

Life is a journey of experiences with destinations or goals, as stopping points, along the way. These goals may be acheived, revised or new goals may be set, as you continue on your journey.

It is important to remember these High Five messages, as you advance through the steps of the career planning process.

Continue to Step 1: Knowing Yourself