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Career Planning Guide
Your Guide to Finding and Keeping the Job of Your Dreams

When To Start Career Planning

Now that you realize how important career planning is to your future, it is time to find out how to plan your career. Many people wonder what the ideal time is to start career planning. The answer is there may never be just the "right" time or an ideal time. Career planning depends on many different things. Have you ever noticed that some people seem born knowing what they are supposed to do with their lives? The child for example, that wants to be a doctor, and ends up becoming one of the most successful physician's in history.

A lot of people think that is the way they should plan their career. They feel they should "know" what they want to do with their life, as if planning your career was some innate ability we all posses. It is not.

Don't feel bad if you don't fit into that category. In fact, only 1% of the population is born knowing what they want to do. Sure, you may have childish notions about what you will "be" when you grow up as a kid, but you'll find with time your ideal job changes frequently. Your idea of the right career will blossom and develop as you begin to learn more about yourself, your likes, your desires, your talents and abilities.

You may even discover throughout college that your job aspirations change as you learn what skill sets you have and what activities you excel in. This is one reason many college students find they need to change their major once they start college. It isn't uncommon for students to change their major once, twice or even three times. With a little goal setting and planning you can avoid this.

The right time to start career planning is right now…

You don't have to wait until you finish high school or college to start career planning. You don't have to wait until you land your dream job to start career planning. In fact, you will probably find that you change jobs many times before you find the right career and the right career path for you. The reason we keep harping on this fact?

People seem obsessed with the idea of finding a secure job, one that will "last a lifetime." There are very few careers however, that truly last a lifetime. Some will, some won't, but according to trends, now more so than ever, people are changing their career at a moment's notice.

Long gone are the days when someone held a job for 20-years or more. Today's modern career person shifts jobs in a systematic way, one that allows them to climb the ladder to success in a fun and rewarding manner. That's not to say you may not work the same job for 10 years or more. You may. You may find it rewarding.

You can also work with the same company for decades, but climb the career ladder to success along the way. By gaining new skills and enhancing your education, you have the ability to realize promotion after promotion.

Some people do find the right career, and the right career path, and the right place to work all at the same time. Again, this encompasses a small part of the population. Keep that in mind. This isn't said to discourage you, but rather to encourage you to take charge of your career. Don't think of your career in terms of a "dream job" that is sitting "out there" somewhere waiting for you.

So wipe away any foolish notions you have about finding your dream job. Now is the time to learn how to plan your career right, from the bottom up. YOU plan your career. YOU make the difference and ultimately, YOU decide what you will do and where. This is all part of the career planning process outlined in this guide. So let's learn more about career planning.

We'll do that by first learning about the career planning basics. You need to follow these essential steps in the career building process. By following these steps, you automatically begin your journey toward successful career planning. These steps, while not all encompassing, will provide you with a strong idea of where you want to take your career in the short and long-term.

Career Planning Guide Audiobook

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