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Life won’t always go according to plan, but if you’re thoughtful about your steps, you can adapt to change and get to where you want to be.





  • Look into occupations that fit your interests. Which are most interesting?

  • Check out organizations where you’d want to work. What do you like about it?

  • Determine which training and/or education programs may be necessary. What do you need to apply?

  • Find people doing what you want to do. How did they get there?


  • Remember your personal work values. How do they fit in?

  • Think about your goals for the future. What are some short-term and long-term goals to help you get there?

  • Share your ideas with friends, family, and mentors. How can they support you?


  • Make a list of people you know. Friends, family, teachers, church, sports—who else?

  • Arrange phone calls or meetings to see who can help you. Do they know anyone else they could connect you with?

  • Schedule informational interviews for positions that interest you. What questions do you have about the role?

    • Don’t forget to send a thank-you note!


  • If your next step is school/training:

    • Make a list of schools or training programs and the required application materials. When are these due?

  • If your next step is a job:

    • Work on your resume and cover letter. Who can help you?

  • As you learn more and gain more experience, review your plan. Has anything changed?

  • Check-in with your mentors. Is there anything you need from them?

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