There are many ways to approach career planning. You may have an interest in a specific career field but don’t know how to find out about what it takes to train for that career. The information and links on this page are designed to help you navigate your way through the maze of discovering the best vocation for you based on how God has made you!
Each person is a unique creation of God with very specific attributes, gifts, and talents. God has blessed you with everything you need to be successful in His eyes! To be honest, His viewpoint is ultimately the only One that matters!
Finding Out About Yourself
Let’s ask a few questions and search for answers that help you to understand what God is doing and has done in your life.
What are your interests?
Here are some places you can go to try to narrow down the interests God has developed or allowed to be developed in you.
- Adventures in Education – Finding a Career
- Career Builder
- Career Services
- College Career Life Planning
- How to Make a Career Choice When You Have No Idea What You Want to Do
- It’s My Future!
- Quintessential Career and Job-Hunting Resources Guide
- Resume Writing Center
How do you find information about a career?
These sites are a good starting point to find out information about a specific career.
CareerShip® is a free online career exploration adventure for middle and high school students provided by Mapping Your Future (a public-service web site providing free career, college, financial aid, and money management information and services).
Looking for actual jobs in the area of your career interest can help you gain excellent information in planning for your future. You do not have to be trying to find a job right now to visit these sites.
- America’s Job Bank
- Career Builder
- Federal Jobs and Employment
- Indeed – All Jobs
- International Careers
Alternatives to starting college immediately after high school.
A Gap Year refers to the practice of taking a year off after high school before starting any formal schooling (college, internship, technical school, trade school/apprenticeships, etc.) There are number of organizations that have programs that can offer you the chance to broaden your experiences in life and to make a tangible positive difference in the lives of others in the process.
- Center for Interim Programs
- City Year
- Congress Bundestag
- Global Education Solutions
- National Outdoor Leadership School
- Semester at Sea
- Taking Off
In addition, there are several Christian mission organizations that offer ministry-related gap year experiences. Look through the ones listed below.
“World Race Gap Year- Open the Possibilities”
In this day, many people have not received good advice on how to conduct themselves in the workplace. Whether in a part-time job that is only intended to get you through school or in your first permanent career position, professionalism is still expected. Many young people do not realize how poor work habits and poor attitudes can follow them throughout their adult professional lives. How you behave becomes who you are.
Take a look at this article from about.com that addresses exactly this subject.