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Manufacturing executive Rudolf Knoepel wrote some years ago, “…plans are, bluntly speaking, strictly for the birds; once you have a written plan you may as well throw it out because most of the time it is going to be absolutely wrong.  The great importance of planning lies in the fact that it is a continuous learning and decision-making process.  As such, it is invaluable….”  And of course, we have the freedom to choose–“to live is to choose”, said Swiss physician and counselor Paul Tournier.

This section of articles, tips and exercises will help you understand and develop career planning skills, skills that you will need to use to find work and stay employable in the 21st century that is increasingly flat, hot and crowded with people who all need work to generate income.  Included are charts and worksheets that will help you create ‘career security’ now that everyone recognizes job security is an oxymoron–it does not exist.

“…plans are, bluntly speaking, strictly for the birds; once you have a written plan you may as well throw it out because most of the time it is going to be absolutely wrong.  The great importance of planning lies in the fact that it is a continuous learning and decision-making process.  As such, it is invaluable….”

While you are free to work through these articles in any order, they are arranged in a recommended sequence.

-Ken Soper, MA, MDiv, NCDA-recognized Master Career Counselor

 

By the way, the Christian person also has the promise of spiritual guidance and grace in Jesus Christ and hope for this life and the next, secured by the resurrection of Jesus witnessed by 100’s and proclaimed by people throughout twenty-one centuries.  He calls us to…

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will direct your paths.”  (Proverbs 3:5-6)

and to…

“Commit to the LORD whatever you do,
and he will establish your plans.
In their hearts humans plan their course,
but the LORD establishes their steps.”  (Proverbs 16:3, 9)