Graduate school is itself a stage of your career. Being a graduate student introduces you to a particular sector of work, academia, with associated norms, values, and expectations. At the end of your graduate program, you may choose to continue to work in that sector through continuing further studies, beginning a post-doc, or applying for academic jobs. Or, you may decide to bring your knowledge and skills to a different sector such as a for-profit industry, government, healthcare, and more.
Most graduate students will consider more than one career option over the course of their degree, and many students will find their career paths to be influenced by a variety of factors, such as family responsibilities, desired living location, desired income, labour market trends.
As a graduate student, your most valuable career development resources are curiosity, flexibility, and an open mind.