Career Planning Guide

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The Career Resource Network
Career management knowledge and skills should be part of the “tool kit” of every person. This goal is incorporated in several statements of education goals, including the Standards of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and the Regulations of the RI Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education, which require that school districts provide for “each individual student’s social/emotional, academic, and career needs.” Having such knowledge and skills will enable citizens to be happier and more productive and to better contribute to their prosperity and that of the economy and society. The Rhode Island Career Resource Network (CRN) provides training to counselors, teachers, and others who assist students or clients with career management. It also produces or supports computer programs, publications, and classroom activities materials related to career management. The Rhode Island Career Anchor is one of the materials produced by the Career Resource Network. It is designed for high school students and adults. Current information on CRN training and products is available on the CRN web site, and may also be obtained by contacting the CRN.

Career Resource Network RI Department of Labor and Training 1511 Pontiac Avenue Cranston, RI 02920 Phone: (401) 462-8790 Fax: (401) 462-8766 Web site: www.dlt.ri.gov/crn E-mail: crn@dlt.state.ri.us

The Rhode Island Career Resource Network (CRN) gives special thanks to the Career Resource Networks in other states who shared ideas, to the many Rhode Island individuals and organizations which supplied information, and to readers of previous editions of the Career Anchor who provided comments and suggestions. Career Anchor Staff: Dr. Thomas Q. Culhane, CRN Manager Lisa Dutilly, Principal Research Analyst Maria Ferreira, Principal Research Analyst Janet Pratt, Marketing Manager Joyce D’Orsi, CRN Project Director The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. introduction TDD: (401) 462-8006

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Rhode Island Career Anchor

Manage Your Career
Career: The combined total of all the events in a person’s life from the time he/she is born, including education, work, family, leisure activities, and more.

As you go through life you have two options:

“Drift” through life, taking advantage of whatever opportunities happen to come your way One good way to manage your career is to consider yourself as a business. Your product is your knowledge and skills, which you sell to your employer in return for wages and benefits. Think of your company as “Myself, Inc.” Like any business, you must market yourself, keep up with changes in technology and the economy, evaluate your situation periodically, decide how to best use your resources, and carry out other activities. If you want to manage your career by making good choices, this publication is for you. It presents a series of logical steps which will help you plan and act.

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Manage your career by making informed decisions and choices so that you have greater control over your future. Manage Your Career: Know Yourself .......................... 2 Know Your Skills, Interests, Personality .................. 3-7 Manage Your Career: Be Informed ............................. 8 Know About the Job Market .................................. 9-13 Career Management for the Disabled ...................... 14 Know About Postsecondary Education ............... 15-21 Know About Occupations .................................... 22-39

Manage Your Career: Make a Plan .......................... 40 Manage Your Career: Put Your Plan into Action .... 41 Preparing for Job Search ..................................... 42-47 Implementing the Job Search ............................... 48-54 Resources ..................................................................... 55...
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