Step One: The Beginning

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Who are you? A seemingly obvious but very important question when you begin to consider your career plan.

Take time to answer these questions:

  • 1. As a little kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grow up?
  • 2. What do your parents do for a living?
  • 3. What do others, whom you respect, want to see you do for a living?
  • 4. If you could start tomorrow, fully qualified and talented at any job you wanted, what would it be?
  • 5. Describe which parts you would like best about this job. For example, working outdoors, with people, travel, variety, money, etc.

Other questions to ask yourself:

  • What things have you done so far?
  • What do I like to spend my day doing?
  • What do I like thinking, learning, and talking about?
  • What kind of setting do I find most comfortable?
  • What kind of people do I want to work with, for, or around?
  • What kind of lifestyle would I like? What salary do I need?
  • How much time do I want t for myself, family, friends?
  • Do I prefer to work alone, in a group, or with an individual?
  • Would I ratherproblem solve on my own or with other people?