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Career Planning

These days, students come from all walks of life and enter college for a variety of reasons, and with a variety of expectations. Many of these students are acutely aware of the affect collegiate life will have on future career options, and use their college experiences to discover and refine a career path that will satisfy them. Other students are in the midst of their careers and either want to change career paths or are looking for job training to advance their careers.

Career planning is a valuable exercise for any of these students.

A good starting point in deciding what course of collegiate study would best prepare you for a career is to analyze very thoughtfully what particular skills are strengths for you. In general, are you adept at working with people, or numbers, or the written word, and so forth? What subjects in high school or activities since graduating have had the most appeal for you? You should make a list of the activities you enjoy and the subjects you like to read about or discuss.

Another valuable career planning activity is to read up on career information. Research careers that you are interested in and that would utilize your strengths. What type of education is required to get into the field? Do you need a graduate degree? Will you need to pursue a long internship or residency program? Are you willing to spend the time it takes to fulfill these requirements?

Remember, you don't have to have all the answers, but if you have an idea in mind, it can only help you. With possible careers in mind, you can research the college majors that are relevant. You can determine what colleges offer strong programs in your chosen majors, or if a career college would be a good option.


3 Great Entry-Level Careers that Don’t Require a Bachelor’s Degree: Pharmacy Technician, Legal Assistant, and Protective Services (Police and Firefighter)

One day you’ll be a pharmacist, a lawyer or the Chief of your precinct. However, you want to get started on your career now and gain real world experience as well as build your network of connections. Most of all, you’re passionate about what you want to do and don’t want to wait four to seven years to begin working. Therefore, you might want to earn a two-year degree for an entry-level job and then acquire further education as you gain confidence in your skills and opportunities for advancement arise.

By Ryan Hickey updated on November 08, 2013

Degrees for Careers that Don’t Require a Bachelor’s Degree: Finding the Right Program for You

As the costs of education continue to climb, many people find themselves in a bind. They need to get a degree that is beyond high school but do not want to risk their futures by leaving school with a mountain of debt. Getting a bachelor’s degree is a great goal, but what if you don’t need a bachelor’s degree for the career you want?

By Ryan Hickey updated on November 08, 2013

Career Planning: Resume Writing Overview

Putting together your resume can be stressful, but you can alleviate a lot of that stress with all the tips and information available here and throughout Peterson's. Find out what you need to do to make the most of your resume here.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 27, 2013

Helping Hands Degrees - Degrees that Help People Live Better Lives (Nursing, Teaching, Counseling, Ministry)

Perhaps you should consider one of the helping hands degrees - degrees that help people live better lives. The careers include nursing, teaching, counseling and the ministry.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 26, 2013

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Finding the Right Job Searching Resources for You

The time is now! Search for the information you need to achieve your own dreams.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 26, 2013

Linking Your Purpose to Your Career

Have you thought about your purpose in life? Do you know what you want to do in your personal and professional life to be happy and to feel fulfilled? If you first decide what your purpose is, then you will be able to think about linking your purpose to your career.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 26, 2013

How to Enhance Your Career

Don’t just daydream… start taking steps to consider, evaluate and choose your career goals. Then get to work on achieving them!

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 26, 2013

Marketing Yourself to Get a Better Job

Are you bored with your job? Do you want to accomplish more and be excited about going to work every day? If so, you should consider marketing yourself to get a better job.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 26, 2013

How to Use Your College Degree to Find a Better Job

If you have just graduated from college and are trying to decide on your next step, this is the best time to seriously consider all of your options. It is time to think about how to use your college degree to find a better job.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 26, 2013

Peterson's Practice Tests for the Real Estate Exams

As part of your job training to be a realtor, make sure your career planning includes taking a real estate exam practice test.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 17, 2013

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 17, 2013

Peterson's Practice Tests for the Postal Exams

The United States Postal Service offers many career opportunities. Whether you want to be a clerk, carrier, technician, or information specialist there's a job for you.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 14, 2013

Peterson's Online Academic Skills Course

The Peterson's Online Academic Skills Course will help you advance in your career by building up your math and verbal skills as befits your needs.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 14, 2013

Peterson's Practice Tests for the NCLEX*

If you need to practice for the NCLEX test for nursing, then these practice tests are a great resource for you.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 14, 2013

Prepare yourself with "Master the Officer Candidate Tests"

If you're in the military and you're a candidate for officer training, then you'll want to prepare for the tests using this book from Peterson's Publishing.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 14, 2013

Peterson's Practice Tests for the Law Enforcement Tests

Here, you'll find links to a cavalcade of practice tests to help you prepare for the tests necessary to enter into law enforcement careers.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 14, 2013

Find sustainability jobs and programs with Peterson’s "Green Jobs for a New Economy" guide

If you're interested in finding growth areas in order to create a career for yourself, looking into green jobs is a good plan. This book will help you find the best green jobs out there for you.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 14, 2013

Peterson's Practice Tests for the Firefighter Exam

To qualify to be a firefighter, you're going to have to take a firefighter exam, and this practice test might be just the thing you need to prepare yourself.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 14, 2013

Peterson's Practice Tests for the Civil Service Exam

If you're looking to prepare for civil service jobs, then you can take this practice test that will help you plan and prepare for the actual examinations.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 14, 2013

Prepare for civil service jobs and your civil service exam with "Master the Civil Service Exams"

If you're looking into pursuing a civil service career, then you'll likely have to take civil service examinations, and this book can be your guide to acing those tests.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 14, 2013

Peterson's Practice Tests for the ASVAB

Peterson's provides practice tests for the ASVAB that will help those who need to score highly on the test to prepare themselves.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 14, 2013

Jump-start a military career with Peterson’s "Master the ASVAB with CD" guide

If you're looking to jump-start your military career, then this study guide for taking the ASVAB, complete with CD, is exactly what you need.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 14, 2013

Study for the AFOQT, AFAST, and other military aviation tests

If you're planning on taking the AFOQT, AFAST, or any other military aviation test, then you'll want to look at this book from Peterson's publishing, designed to help you study.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 14, 2013

Practice for the ASVAB test with "Master the ASVAB"

If you want to score highly on the ASVAB test, then you should check out this guide by Peterson's Publishing, designed to help you score as highly as possible on the test.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 14, 2013

Peterson's Online Course for the ASVAB

If you're looking to improve your ASVAB AFQT scores, then you should check out this book from Peterson's Publishing, specifically designed to be a study guide for the test.

By Peterson's Staff updated on June 14, 2013

Career Planning: Resume Writing- Skills Matter

Most resumes should have a skills section that talks about the skills, abilities, and talents of the person writing the resume. To make sure you put together your skills section correctly, read this page for tips and advice.

By Peterson's Staff updated on March 14, 2013

Career Planning: Avoiding the Top 10 Pitfalls of Resume Writing

When you're working on a resume, it's just as important to know what not to do as it is to know what to do. Read this article to find out the top 10 pitfalls you need to avoid in resume writing.

By Peterson's Staff updated on January 29, 2013

Career Planning: Resume Writing- Honors, Awards, and Accomplishments

You'll want to make sure that your resume accentuates and emphasizes your particular honors and achievements. Find out how to do that successfully with the information here.

By Peterson's Staff updated on January 29, 2013

Career Planning: Resume Writing- Education Information

How to talk about your education on your resume, how to highlight what your best at, and how to avoid the most problematic parts, is an important skill. Find out more with this article.

By Peterson's Staff updated on January 29, 2013

Career Planning: Resume Writing- Activities

Writing up your resume is one of the most important parts of trying to get your career going, and here you'll find tips and information that should help you out.

By Peterson's Staff updated on January 29, 2013

The Best Careers for the Future: Why they're growing and what you should study

If you want to maximize your chance of finding work upon graduation, consider preparing yourself for one of these fast-growing, sought-after careers.

By Brendan Conway updated on January 29, 2013

Career Planning: Qualifications and Requirements for Civil Service Jobs

If you're interested in pursuing a job in the civil service, then you should look into how to plan your career and education accordingly, and information concerning exactly what's involved in the civil service.

By Peterson's Staff updated on January 25, 2013

Career Planning: Resume Writing- Work History

Your work history is likely to be one of the biggest and perhaps the most important sections of your resume, so you'll want to make sure that it's as solid as possible. Check here to find out how to do just that.

By Peterson's Staff updated on January 25, 2013

Why Career Planning Now Often Includes a Focus on Green Jobs

Sustainability is only going to become more and more important in the world, and pursuing jobs related to sustainability is a good idea for your career. Check here for information on how to do just that.

By Peterson's Staff updated on January 25, 2013

Graphic Design Career Planning

Becoming a graphic designer will open up a great and wide path for you in the future, thanks to the importance of the Internet and graphic design in the world today. If you want to know more about salary potential, career potential, and how to become a successful graphic designer, read on.

By Peterson's Staff updated on January 25, 2013

Career Planning for a Fashion Design Position

If you're interested in fashion design as a career, then you've got quite the road ahead of you, but Peterson's is here to help! We've got the tips and techniques you need to know for pursuing the proper education and finding a job.

By Peterson's Staff updated on January 25, 2013

Job Announcements are Important to Your Civil Service Career Planning

The civil service can be a great career path to pursue, and it requires you to be attentive and focused in your preparations. Here, you'll find out what you need to know to pursue a civil service job.

By Peterson's Staff updated on January 25, 2013

Taking ASVAB Prepares You for Career Planning or Military Enlistment

The ASVAB can be a useful test to take if you're trying to plan out your future career. It can give you insightful information on the careers that would be best suited for you. The military ASVAB can also prepare you for enlistment.

By Peterson's Staff updated on January 23, 2013

Ask the Experts: Career Planning

Read actual questions from students about career planning and see answers and advice from college planning and admissions experts.

By Peterson's Staff updated on January 23, 2013
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