Career Development: Youth
What's In My Future?
Wouldn't it be great to be able to see into the future and see where your path has taken you? Where you'll live? What you'll be working at? Your future doesn't have to unfold accidentally or by fluke. It is actually possible to make your future happen in the way you'd like to see it unfold. All it takes is a little reflection and planning. It all starts with getting to know yourself - your interests, strengths and skills, exploring options and preparing a plan to create the life you want to live and the work you want to do.
Get to know yourself before you start your career journey. By discovering what you like, what you are good at and your special skills and talents; you will have the foundation to make effective career decisions that link what you love to do to the world of work.
Linking what you are passionate about to the world of work will lead you toward an enjoyable work/life journey. To make a good decision, you need lots of information. Find out as much as you can about an occupation so you can decide if it's a good fit for you. You don't have to explore on your own; surround yourself with people who can share information or help you get to it.
You know your strengths and interests, and you have a good idea what you would love to do. It's time to find out what kind of education and training you need and where you can go to get it.
There are many options to help finance your education. Discover the many sources of funding - from student loans and bursaries to scholarships.
What do you need to do to get from where you are now to where you want to be? Chart your course for the future. As you start your journey, remember to take the time to appreciate everything and everyone you encounter – sometimes the journey is more important that the destination.
Whether it's a work experience program or a volunteer opportunity, enjoy the satisfaction of making a difference while developing strengths and skills, building self-confidence and gaining valuable experience that can help you in the future.
Do you need to write a résumé or cover letter and prepare for an interview? Find some great information on job search techniques, résumé writing and interview skills. Visit job banks to see jobs that are posted and don't forget about uncovering opportunities in the hidden job market.