Explore Your Interests

Step 1 - What interests you?

Make a list of your skills and interests. Think hard about what you enjoy and what you are good at.

Step 2 - Connect the dots

Find out more about the kinds of the jobs that interest you, along with their educational requirements, salary, working conditions, future outlook, and anything else that can help you decide what's best. 

Step 3 - Make a match

Make a second list of possible jobs that you would like to have and compare it with your skills and interests. The job that matches your skills and interests the closest may be the career for you.

Step 4 - Set your goals

Once you've decided what occupation matches up best with you, then you can begin developing a plan to reach your career goal.

Step 5 - Make a plan

Develop a career plan. Think about what you want to do and find out more about the kind of training, education, and skills you will need to achieve your career goal. Click Here to see our sample career plan.

Step 6 - Do your homework

Start looking at schools that offer a college degree or training program that best meets your career goal and financial needsClick here to check out KHEAA's school match assistant.

Step 7 - Find some cash

Find out about financial aid to help support you in obtaining your career goal. Click here to check out our "Put Your Hands on Some Cash" section.

Step 8 - Research the market

Learn about job hunting tips as you prepare to graduate or move into the job market.

Step 9 - Get ready

Prepare your resume and practice interviewing techniques.

Step 10 - Get out!

Go to the career guidance center at your school, or visit the local library for additional information and help on career planning.


Learn More About Making a Sample Career Plan