Designing Your Career Pathway

Career Cruising    My Next Move    Education Planner

"So, what do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s an age-old question, asked by parents, grandparents, teachers, other interested adults, maybe even your friends and we hope, YOU! Maybe you get asked that question too much, maybe not enough.Chances are, though, you might be asking it of yourself more frequently as you approach high school graduation.

One way to answer the question, what do you want to be when you grow up, is to think about it in terms of preparing for a journey. And, in order to prepare for a journey, you have to have solid directions or a pathway to follow. A great way to start planning your career pathway is find the answers to FIVE simple questions:

  • What do you like to do the most? (Your interests)
  • What are you good at? (Your skills)
  • What do you value in a job? (Your work values)
  • Who are you no matter where you are at? (Your personality type)
  • How do you process information? (You’re thinking style)

OK, are you ready to start your journey? My Next Move is just one of the fabulous links designed to help you begin this process. Make sure to get some help from a career mentor as soon as possible. This process can be fun and rewarding. It can motivate you, energize you, and give you a sense of purpose that maybe you have never had! It will help you begin to select the right classes, at the right times, and for the right reasons. It will provide you with personal ownership in your education. It will provide you with a career pathway!

So, get busy! What are you waiting for? It is time to begin preparing for your career and finally answering that age-old question, what do you want to be when you grow up?

Career Development Room (T102)
Contact: Mr. Kent Blessing, GCDF
620-615-4184 or blessingk@usd308.com


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