About This Chapter
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.
1. SMART Goals for Students: Definition and Examples
Educators often need to write SMART goals for their students. This lesson will introduce you to the components of SMART goals so that you can improve your goal-writing skills by writing goals that are SMART.
2. How to Find and Relate to a Career Mentor
A mentor can help a person advance in their career and give them advice when they are in difficult situations. Watch this lesson to learn how to find a mentor and how to nurture that relationship over time.
3. What to Do When Your Major and Career Choice Don't Match
What happens when you figure out that your college major doesn't match up with the career path you want to be on? In this lesson, we'll look at the difference in major and career and how to get into a career that's not a match for your major.
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