Unit 6 - The Future

Lesson 2: Your Future - Personal Inventory

When considering a career, you have to consider many things.

One of the most important considerations is whether or not a specific career is actually suitable for you. You must consider your likes, dislikes, interests, skills, assets, and liabilities, as well as your personality type.

The results of your personal considerations regarding these characteristics is generally referred to as your personal inventory for the purpose of making decisions about a career. Career counselors will tell you that such deliberations are of utmost importance. After all, you will spend a very large part of your working life in your chosen occupation. Whether or not you feel content and successful in all aspects of life will depend greatly on how you feel about your work.                                                                                                         

Three Basic Steps in Choosing Your Career

  1. Clarify your interests, values, and beliefs. Your chosen occupation must fit these. Otherwise, your life at work will not be a happy one.

    There are tests available from any career counselor to help you with this. However, by the time you reach a career-planning age, you are well aware of your specific likes, interests, and personality type.

  2. Assess not only your present skills and knowledge, but also the skills and knowledge that you will need to acquire to be successful in your chosen occupation.

    For this step, you generally have to do some homework. You will have to establish what skills and education are required for your chosen occupation. For this, the services of a career counselor can be very helpful. Consider using the Alberta Career Information Hotline (1-800-661-3753, 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 pm), which is designed to provide information on career planning and educational information.

  3. Evaluate your present assets and liabilities, and determine what is needed for you to start in your chosen occupation. Consider the start-up costs, especially education costs, and/or the start-up investments required to work in your chosen career, for example, starting your own business or consulting service.

    There is no single best way to cover education and/or start-up costs. However, scholarships and bursaries are available for needy and deserving individuals. Again, a career counselor can be very helpful in providing information relating to this.