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Planning a career or a career change?

Whether you're starting or need information to plan your next move. Learn more about requirements, training, outlook and settings.

Do I Need Career Information?

"People who entered the workforce in 1990 will work for five different companies and have ten different jobs before they retire. Most people discover their talents and interests during the first ten years of their working lives, and find they are in the wrong job."

Scheele, Adele. "Should you change your job or your career?" Working Woman.

Even Grown-Ups Need Career Information

When you're looking for a job, your eye must be on the employer:
  • How will you contribute to the company's mission?
  • What difference will your skills make to the bottom line?
When you're planning your career, or changing directions, the focus is broader:
  • What kind of education do I need?
  • What are the most valuable skills?
  • Which skills do I like to use?
  • What kind of settings are most productive for me?


Before the days of downsizing, outsourcing, mean and lean organizations, careers followed predictable paths. The employer recognized your experience and accomplishments with steady promotion to a higher level.

The question used to be:
"Where do you want to be five years from now? Ten years from now?"


It's up to you to make career changes happen, whether inside a single organization or by making a move to another environment.

A more useful question in the present climate is:
"What do I want to learn? And keep on learning?"

Whether you're just starting out or changing your direction, it makes sense to know as much as you can about positions, requirements, rewards and day-to-day activities in a variety of settings.