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The Kanopy database contains several videos related to career development and career paths.
Choosing your career and taking the steps necessary to start on the path to your career goals is what Career Development is all about. There are two stages:
- Self-assessment (understanding your personality, preferences, values, and aptitudes)
- Career-assessment (understanding what jobs and industries exist and what is required to work in those fields)
Whether looking for your first job after college or changing careers, self-assessment & career-assessment are on-going tasks.
Once in a job and advancing on a career path, changes in the economy, in industries, as well as changes in one's life needs and aspirations, require periodic individual effort at what career theorists Robert W. Lent calls "routine career renewal" which involves "skill updating," "interest expansion," and "new work goals."
First Steps in Choosing a career
A Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLM) survey of younger baby boomers found that these workers on average had held 11.7 jobs from the ages of 18-48.
The great recession of 2007-2009 and increasing global competition underscore the idea that the tasks involved in career development, i.e. assessing what we want out of our work life, seeing that we have the knowledge, skills, and aptitudes for the jobs of the present, are tasks that we will need to attend to repeatedly during our working lives.