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The proactive career approach

Career education cannot be postponed any longer as a secondary goal. We are all career builders and we all need proper career advice. No matter if we wish to undergo a complete career change or just to steer our careers for the better, career education is there to help us. A rather old and wise saying goes “urgent things keep us from doing the important things”. Most people are so fully committed to their day-to-day jobs that they completely forget to seek career advice and think about their long-term career goals. We invite you to take a few minutes to think about your own career and consider further career training. Sit back, relax and take a deep breath. Now read this five simple questions and be honest to yourself when deciding the answers:

1. Are you really sure that your current job will exist after five or ten years?

2. Are you really sure that your company will be offering the same product or service in five or ten years? How will this affect you?

3. Can you climb to a higher position in your current company or industry with your current skills and knowledge? If this is the case, how much higher?

4. Would you obtain a better job if you had some further studies or skills?

5. Are you committed enough to your own career? So much as to your current work? Have you ever considered seeing a career advisor?

We are sure that some of these questions will awake concerns that were apparently asleep in you. The urgent thing (your boss, your current assignment, the customers you handle, the mortgage you’re paying, your short-term needs…) is stopping you from acquiring a longer perspective of how your life will be in five or ten years if you don’t evolve at pace with the world. For this or other reasons you may have failed to set your career objectives (read more on how to do this), but it’s never too late to become a bit more self-centered.

Think about who you are now and who you want to become. Then consider what further tools you will need. It may be a whole university degree program. Or it may be a just few short courses to recycle on what you learned years ago. Or it may be the help of a professional career advisor who will first help you to test your career and then to control it. Or it may be a change of job, even to earn less by now but to secure a long-term career. Or it may be learning specific skills that will boost your career within your current company or sector, like mastering a specific foreign language or increasing a certain ability. Whatever it is, lifelong education is a must in our times. Link to Ca

No matter what the outcoming decisions will be, a proactive approach to your own career is probably one of the best virtues you will cultivate if you wish to succeed in your life. The University of Waterloo (Canada) has identified the following as the most important facts they have learnt after many years of career advice:

• The world of work is rapidly changing.

• Employers are interested in hiring people who can demonstrate their skills and abilities.

• You will need to develop goals and strategies to make your dreams come true.

• You are in charge of your own career.

• You need to be proactive.


Comprehensive career education glossary. Definitions of career education and career builder terms.

Adult basic education.    Adult general education    Adult secondary education.    Adult student.     Apprenticeship.    Aptitudes.   

Assessment.    Attributes.     Career.     Career branding.     Career Carnival.    Career change.    Career cluster.    Career coach.   

Career counseling.    Career exploration.    Career development.    Career fair.    Career guidance.    Career-Interest Inventory.    

Career mentoring.    Career objective.    Career paths.    Career planning.    Career program certificate.    Career resources.   

Career Trek.    Competencies (proficiencies).    Competency-based education.     Community Education.   

Continuing Workforce Education.    Co-operative career education    Cover letter.    Curriculum-Integrated program.   

CV. Curriculum Vitae.    Degree Vocational Education Program.    Demand occupation.    Distance education.    Doctorate.   

Dislocated worker.    Employability.    Entrepreneurial skills.    Formation.    Foundation skills.    Freelance career.    Head hunter.   

Home-based careers.    Human capital.    Human performance technology.    Human resources.    Immersion courses.    Internship.   

Job satisfaction.    Job shadowing.    Life coaching.    Lifelong learning.    Mentor.    Mentoring.    Moonlighting.    Motivation letter.   

Non-traditional careers.    Portfolio.    Postsecondary.    Prerequisite.    Real Game.    Resume.    Sabbatical year.   

School-to-career program.    Self-employment.    Self-instruction.    Skills.    Undergraduate.    Work-based learning.   

Work exploration.    Work readiness.    Work study.    Workforce development education.    Youth apprenticeship.

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