Career Planning & Job Seeking/Keeping Skills
What is Career Planning?
Career Planning is setting short and long-term goals and then figuring out what you need to do to reach them.
Three components to Career Planning:
- Know Yourself: Consider your aptitudes, abilities and skill levels. What do you do well? What skills have you developed? What are your temperaments and values? Heredity and culture interact to determine our temperaments, (aggressive, shy, flexible, competitive). Values represent the worth, merit, esteem or importance we place on people, things, ideas or activities.
- Know the Labor Market: You need to research the employment outlook, training requirements and entry level earnings for occupations in which you have an interest.
- Know Your Resources: To bring goals to life, we must relate them to achievable activities. If you need more training or education to accomplish your career goal, you need to assess the program available and establish a time line for application, enrollment and completion.
Prioritize the following questions for yourself and evaluate your top occupational choices by the criteria you define.
Interest: Would I like this kind of work well enough to do it as a career?
Skills, Abilities, Aptitudes: Do I have the skills and abilities needed, or the potential to develop them?
Physical Capabilities: What level of physical activity does the job require, and do I meet those requirements?
Temperaments and Values: Will this job accommodate my personal characteristics and meet my work value needs?
Work Setting: In what type of environment will I expect to accomplish job tasks?
Preparation: Am I willing to pursue the level of education and training required?
Employment Opportunity: What are my chances of getting into this type of work? What are the opportunities for advancement?
Your career, more than any other factor, determines how you will live —the kinds of people with whom you’ll associate, your activities and your lifestyle. CHOOSE YOUR CAREER CAREFULLY!
How Do You Find A Job?
Know what you want
Research documents for an individual to be successful and happy within a career, the job needs to match with an individual’s interest, aptitude and values. Roosevelt High School offers SDMyLife to assist students in finding out their interests, aptitudes and values. Contact the Counseling Office for your individual username and password.
Experience Possible Job Options
Volunteering within a possible job placement is an excellent way to see if you really would like to work within that type of job. Another way is to complete a job shadow, which allows you to spend time with an individual in an occupation seeing what they actually do within their work. Job shadows are provided through the Shadow Ed program offered by the Sioux Falls School District with support from Junior Achievement. Students may complete a job shadow once each semester.
Job Placement Sources
- Newspaper classified ads – Help Wanted Section.
- Referrals by friends who are employed by a large business.
- Personnel offices of major companies, business, or corporations.
- SD Career Center, 811 E. 10th St., 367-5300
- Independent employment agencies – telephone yellow pages listed under Employment Agencies.
This is your opportunity to enter the working world while still in high school to be well trained in an excellent paying career instead of starting at the bottom in a low paying dead end job.
Check with your counselor to learn more about the opportunities of apprentice occupations.