This is “Taking Control of Your Future”, chapter 12 from the book Success in College (v. 1.0).
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Assess your present knowledge and attitudes.
|1. I have a good understanding of my career options.|
|2. I have a good understanding of the work-related skills I will need in my chosen career and a plan to get them.|
|3. I know where I can get useful information about careers.|
|4. I have created a transferable skills inventory.|
|5. I have a written up-to-date résumé.|
|6. I know how to prepare an effective cover letter.|
|7. I have both professional and social networks.|
|8. I have discussed my career objectives with my academic advisor.|
|9. I am comfortable in interviews.|
|10. I have chosen my major based on the job market.|
|11. I have chosen my major based on my personal interests.|
Think about how you answered the questions above. Be honest with yourself. On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your preparation for your future at this time?
|I’m adrift (no idea)||
I have a clear direction
and plan to get there
In the following list, circle the three most important areas in which you think you can improve:
Are there other areas in which you can improve your career planning? Write down other things you feel you need to work on.
Here’s what we’ll work on in this chapter:
If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.
This popular saying attributed to Yogi Berra suggests that we should have a pretty clear picture of where we are headed. And college, for most of us, is the last step toward a fulfilling and exciting career. But the fact is that the employment market and job-seeking techniques have changed significantly over the past ten years and will continue to change; it is not as easy as it once was to map out a clear career path. However, a clear direction can still provide enough flexibility to respond to the changing needs of today’s job market. In fact, building flexibility into your career plans is a requirement for achieving a successful career.
Consider the ways in which the job market has changed—and what it may mean to your planning:
These factors combine to create a job environment that is different from what most people might expect. The way you prepare for a career needs to be more flexible and more personalized. Technology will play an important role in your career development. Linking your demonstrable skills to the needs of a job will be a key to your success. This chapter will help set you up for this challenging environment.