Look within yourself to discover your interests, skills, personality traits, and values. Also ask friends, family members, teachers, or mentors if they see the same qualities in you as you see in yourself. Simply ask:
What do I like to do?
What activities do I find fun, motivating, interesting and enjoyable?
What skills and abilities do I have or want to develop?
What personal style or characteristics do I have that are important to me in the work place?
What purpose or goal do I want to accomplish in my career?
What I want to accomplish by this time next year is...
What I want to accomplish by the end of the second year is...
What barriers or obstacles might prevent me from accomplishing my goals on time
(e. g., time, money, other commitments, etc.)?
What can I do to overcome these barriers or obstacles?
What resources are available to help me?
A career goal helps you focus on what you want to do for a living. A career goal can be a specific job you want to do -- such as doctor or teacher -- or a career goal can be a particular field you want to work in, such as medicine or education.
A career goal may help you discover career possibilities that you wouldn't have thought of otherwise. For instance, if you choose a medical career, you may want to be a scientist, a nurse or a doctor.
Once you know what career interests you the most, find out what kind of education and training you'll need to work in that field.
Familiarise yourself with the different types of institutions, and find out what characteristics to look for when selecting an institution.
Make a short list of the schools/colleges that possess the characteristics you're looking for and that best meet your goals and needs.
Make sure you are academically prepared and that you've taken the standardized tests that may be required for admission.
Request additional information from the schools on your list including an application for admission, costs, facilities, accreditations etc..
Don't wait until the last minute to start investigating your options. Talk with your parents, teachers, or career counselors about the choices you plan to make. The less hurried your decision, the more likely it will be the right decision .
Once you've decided on a career path and made strides in obtaining the required training and education, you will be prepared to begin searching for a job that suits you. Job searching skills include:
How to write a resume and cover letter
How to network to find job openings
How to fill out an application
How to face interviews successfully for a job
Finding your first job can be both a rewarding and frustrating experience.
Assess your skills and interests to determine what kind of skills you've had. Even unpaid work experience is beneficial in your job search.
Also, consider internships and part-time work. Not only is it a great way to get experience which you can put on your resume or on a job application, it is also a great way to try out a career to see if it is really what you want to do. contd..