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Career Planning

Career Planning is a process, one that involves you in assessing your skills, aptitudes and interests, then determining the type work best suited for you, and finally identifying a path to get you there. Once on that course, it is a matter of continuing the planning process to help you progress within your chosen career. And it is a choice, as Swiss physician and counselor Paul Tournier said, “… to live is to choose.”

This section of articles, tips and exercises on career planning will help you understand, develop and refine your planning skills. They will be critical to your finding work and staying employable in the 21st century, an environment that is becoming increasingly flat and crowed with people who all need work to generate income. Included are charts and worksheets that will help you create “career security” as opposed to “job security”, which really is an oxymoron – it doesn’t and never existed.

“…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….”

– Rudolf Knoepel, Manufacturing Executive

The articles are arranged in a recommended sequence; however, you can work through them in any order.

Finally, I’ve found a person can have the promise of spiritual guidance and grace in Jesus Christ on a daily basis.  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)

-Ken Soper, MA, MDiv, NCDA Certified Career Counselor (CCC)