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Whether youíre just leaving school

Whether youíre just leaving school, finding opportunities limited in your current position or, like many in this economy, facing unemployment, it may be time to consider your career path. Regardless of your reasons, the right career is out there for everyone. By learning how to research options, realize your strengths, and acquire new skills, as well as muster the courage to make a change, you can discover the career thatís right for you.


▪ Focus on the things you love to do. What have you dreamed of doing in the past? What do you naturally enjoy doing? Jot down what comes to mind, no matter how improbable it seems.

▪ Look for clues everywhere. Take note of projects or topics that stir your compassion or excite your imagination. Reflect on stories of people you admire. Ask yourself why certain activities make you happy, and pay attention to times when you are really enjoying yourself.

Be patient. Remember that your search may take some time and you might have to go down a few different roads before finding the right career path. Time and introspection will help you identify the activities you most enjoy and that bring you true satisfaction.


▪ Donít limit yourself to experiences only at work. When you are thinking about your skills, consider all types of activities including volunteering, hobbies, and life experiences. For example, even if you donít have formal leadership or program planning experience, founding a book club or organizing a toy drive are ways that you have been putting these skills into practice.

▪ List your accomplishments that might fit in. Donít worry about formatting these skills for a resume at this point. You just want to start thinking about what skills you have. It can be a tremendous confidence booster to realize all of the skills youíve developed.

▪ Brainstorm with trusted friends, colleagues, or mentors. They may be able to identify transferable skills youíve overlooked or help you better articulate these skills in the future.

Uncover more transferable skills by taking the online testslisted in the Resources section below.

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