Career Planning

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Career Planning

Whether you’re looking for your first job or changing jobs, finding work may not be easy. Two of the most important things employers look for in potential employees are experience and related skills.

Deciding on a career

Contact your school counselor or local Job Service Center. You might also want to talk to people you know who work in a field that you’re interested in. Community centers and local organizations might also provide job skills training courses.

Ready to apply for a job?

Read applying and interviewing for jobs for some helpful ideas on how to prepare yourself for entering the job market.

Look in a variety of places for jobs openings. There are lots of places you can look for work. Some of these include newspapers, internet job sites (like Craigslist) or your school’s career center. Approaching organizations or people who you’re interested in working with can be a great way to show that you are looking for a job. The more people in your network who know you are looking, the better your chances of finding something.

Add to your skills. You can major in the field or take as many courses as you can in the field of study. Your school may also have an academic club you can join to become even more involved in the field. You can talk to your professors, advisor, or career counselor about what opportunities are available to you to improve your skills. Volunteering or interning while in college or after you’ve graduated is also a great way to find out whether or not a field or job is right for you.

Keeping track of your success. Most people don’t stay with one employer their entire careers. You’ll want to track your job history and successes on a resume. Many people use social media sites like LinkedIn to develop an online resume and network with others. You may also want to develop an online portfolio of your work to easily show prospective employers what you’ve accomplished.

Acknowledgement: Portions of this fact sheet were originally developed by youth and staff at, a website that helps teens get through tough times.

Many articles in this section were adapted from, a website for Native Youth by Native Youth