Explore Careers

Start thinking about your career goals.

With all the career possibilities out there, deciding the career path you want to pursue can be a bit scary — and exciting. But it's okay if you don't know exactly what kind of job you want after you graduate.

Take some time. Head in a general direction that fits your interests. You can adjust your route later on. In fact, studies show the average job-seeker will change careers (not just jobs) at least five times over his/her lifetime, and some may change as many as 10 times.

Here are some steps to get you started on thinking about your career goals:

  • Explore your skills and interests.
  • Research occupations that fit your personality and abilities.
  • List the steps you need to take to accomplish your goals.

I know what I want to do — now what?

After you determine a goal and the steps you need to get to it, spend some time mapping out a plan for the educational path that will get you to your career destination. Take challenging courses in high school, and then find the best college or university to meet your career goals.

The following pages will help you develop your career goals:

See also

Here are other documents located on AIE.org that you may be interested in: