“At some point in every person’s life, he or she will leave school and go into the work force. Many young people think that is the point at which career development planning begins. For a few people, yes it is. But for most people, career development planning begins well before they leave high school. By their mid-teens, most people have developed values and interests. They have personality traits, as well as likes and dislikes. Most people have some idea of what sort of work they would like to do.
Most people spend most of their adult years engaged in some sort of work. Of course it is important to earn money. But it is also important that a person do the kind of work he or she likes to do. That is why career development planning is necessary. It begins while you are in high school, when you choose courses that are going to be useful to you on the road ahead. This is also a “trying out” period, in which you can get a hands-on experience with various subjects to find out if you like them. Here, too, students can consult with counselors who can tell them what is involved in various types of work, and what a person has to do to prepare for a career in that field.