“Career planning and development begins well before you graduate from high school. In a sense it began in elementary school when you learned such basic skills as reading, writing and basic grammar. In high school, however, you are much more developed as an individual than you were as a child. By the time you reach your mid-teens you have developed values and interests. You have likes and dislikes, as well as personality traits. You have some idea of the sort of work you would like to do. This is where the more specialized stage of career planning and development begins.
You are most likely going to spend most of your adult years engaged in some sort of work. Of course, it is important to earn the money you need to live. But it is also important that you do the kind of work you like to do and have an aptitude for. That is why career planning and development is so vital. It begins when you are in high school and you choose courses of study that are going to be useful to you in the future. This is also a time in which you can “try things on”; that is, do courses in different subjects to see if you like them. You also have the opportunity to consult with counselors who can explain what is involved in various types of work and what you have to do to prepare yourself for a career in a particular field.