Ch 2: Plan your Career Goals

About This Chapter

This set of video lessons helps you navigate the career planning process. The information and advice provided in this chapter can help you form realistic goals and emphasize your education and relevant skills in interviews.

Plan your Career Goals: Chapter Summary

Obviously, it takes planning for a new graduate to move from school to launching a successful career. In this chapter, you'll learn from trained guidance counselors and expert career planning professionals about the steps involved in determining a career objective, choosing a mentor and using your education as a springboard for career success. Topics covered in this chapter include:

Setting SMART goals

It's important to clearly define your career goals, and our career planning pros recommend that they be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-Focused, and Time-Bound). Using real world examples, we'll show you how to make plans for advancing through your working life.

Relating to a career mentor

We all need someone we can lean on, and a mentor is especially valuable when planning and starting out in a career. We'll show you the benefits of having a workplace advisor, with information on how to find someone and suggestions regarding how they can help you.

Using your education

After you've determined your goals and planned your career possibilities, what if your major doesn't match what you want to do? Don't sweat it! Our career experts can tell you all kinds of ways to gain experience, including through internships and extracurricular activities. You'll also get advice on how to emphasize your transferable skills to potential employers.

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