Every day you have opportunities to learn about who you are, what your passions and interests are and are not (both equally important), what your talents are, and what opportunities exist in the world. With increased awareness about yourself and the world, you can refine your career and life priorities.
Every day you also face uncertainty. The fact that lives and careers can’t be perfectly predicted or controlled can be uncomfortable. Other things that you can’t control include the labour market, your competition, or the mood of the person who receives your resume.
Career development is a life-long, perpetually unfolding process.
You can, however, choose your attitude, and how open-minded, curious, adaptable, and positive you are.
You can choose how much effort you put into studying, networking, researching your fields of interest, taking care of yourself, gaining experience during school, reflecting on your experiences, and telling your story to others in compelling and meaningful ways.
You can choose how open you are to opportunities and what risks you take. You can also choose how willing you are to make contact with professionals working in the fields you’re interested in (Tip: these are called Informational Interviews and are priceless in terms of gathering information and building a network).
The process of career is ongoing; the world continues to change, and you will continue to adapt, evaluate, and respond.
Career exploration and development doesn’t happen overnight, but in an organic, non-linear evolution.
You’ll come to know yourself (through action and ongoing reflection), learn about the world of work (through research and interaction), make choices, and pursue options. Ideally you’ll move towards good “fits” between your talents and the world’s needs, and between your personality and professional roles and work cultures. The process of career is ongoing; the world continues to change, and you will continue to adapt, evaluate, and respond.