Making a Career Choice
Choosing a career is rarely an overnight decision. Because many factors need to be taken into account, making a career decision means a commitment of time and energy to figure out your best career path.
Most people will spend half of their waking hours on the job for approximately 40 years. As such, it becomes especially important to choose a career that involves doing work that is satisfying. Work that is in line with your values, interests, talents and capabilities is likely to bring about a sense of accomplishment and achievement to your life and make what you do in your workday all the more meaningful.
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A well thought out career decision not only adds value and purpose to your life, but gives you the means to express and fulfill your potential. As a result, 40 years in your chosen profession becomes a joie de vivre...what a way to celebrate your life!
You increase the likelihood of making a "best fit" choice by taking the following important steps as you decide on your future career.
- Check yourself out! Contact a career counselor and arrange to take self-assessment tests. Or try some self-exploration exercises and then schedule an appointment to review your results. Consolidate all the information you’ve gathered about “you” into a Self-Profile.
- Use information, use knowledge, and use resources to understand the world of work. Find out about occupations, professional organizations, companies and economic trends when gathering information for making a career choice. In career resources you'll find listings of websites, resources and materials to help you with your research.
- Develop your ability to make sound and well thought out decisions. Evaluate and match your personal profile to requirements of various majors and careers. Deciding on a Direction
- In order to achieve your career goal, you’ll need a strategy…that is, steps that will lead you to the goal post. Learn how to develop a career plan to get you there.
- With work readiness you can learn how to become employed in your chosen career by gaining the know-how of networking, resumes writing, interviewing and the job getting process.
Most important, on your way to deciding on a career or major, don't forget to use all the resources that are available through CCRI: Career Planning, MyCCRI, Student Services, Job and Internship Office, Library, CCRI Catalogue, Campus Clubs and Organizations, and still more. Good luck to you in your career search!