Finding a Career

Contributor: Stefani Allegretti. Lesson ID: 13109

Finding a career can be both exciting and a little overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be! In this lesson, you will learn about steps that will help you find a career.


Finding a Career, Practical Life Skills

Life Skills
learning style
personality style
Grade Level
High School (9-12)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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Finding a career can be an exciting time and a daunting process. It is a time when you are beginning to pursue your dreams. Whether you're a high school senior getting ready to enter the workforce or just beginning college or a vocational school, your career is probably on your mind.

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Finding a career takes some effort, planning, and a lot of persistence. However, taking the process of finding a career one step at a time can help you along your journey.

First, let's examine what a career actually is. Lexico defines a career as "an occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person's life and with opportunities for progress."

What you might notice about that definition is the phrase "undertaken for a significant period of a person's life." So, if you are looking for a career, you might want to consider something that you're interested in and that you could see yourself doing every day for a significant period of your life.

Other things to consider when selecting a career are the qualifications you have attained through training or education and any experience you have in your career field. Take a moment to view this video from Career and Life Skills Lessons for more guidance on finding a career.

How to Choose a Career - Choosing a Career:

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In addition to considering important factors such as interests and skills, take a moment to think about your talents. We all have our own unique gifts and talents. Our gifts and talents are things we are naturally good at. This is another aspect you can consider as you begin to find a career.

  • Not sure what your natural gifts and talents are?

Read 3 Ways to Discover Your Hidden Natural Talent by Leonard Kim for Inc.

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Fortunately, there are many online quizzes that have been developed to help students or recent graduates like you find a career. These online quizzes can help you determine the type of career that might be a good fit for you.

  • Interested?

Check out 10 awesome free career self-assessment tolls on the Internet by Catherine Conlan for Monster.

Another way to find a career is to consult your guidance counselor now or the career center at your future school. Most colleges and trade schools have career centers or career counselors that can help you find the best career for you. Get the inside scoop from Sarah Yoo, a college career counselor, in her article 7 Questions to Ask Your Career Counselor for The Muse.

Another great resource is the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, which has a wealth of information about types of careers, qualifications for those careers, career outlooks, and open positions in a variety of career fields.

Great work in the Get It! section! Now, let's move on to the Got It? section and test your knowledge on finding a career.

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