The career development process is unique to each person and can unfold in many different ways. A few elements, however, are key during this process. Exploring your career options often involves the stages of assessing, acting and refining. Where you enter and how you travel this journey will depend on your specific needs and goals.
As you begin this process, consider that this exploration may take you in new directions or alternatively it may further confirm what you already knew about your career interests. For many the process is cyclical and may occur at several times throughout their career life. Engaging with an optimistic mindset will ensure that you will challenge and enjoy yourself during the process.
The process of figuring out what you want to do begins with getting to know yourself and understanding your interests, skills, values, personality, and other influences as they relate to your career choices. It also involves thoroughly researching the career areas you’re interested in.
Once you have learned about some possible career options, you will assess whether your next step is to gain further education or to gain relevant experience or both. These experiences will help you make decisions about your career direction.
At this stage in the process, you may have chosen a specific career path or you may still be considering other options.