Discover Your Career Needs

To discover your career needs, you first need a career needs assessment. Assess where you are and where you want to be in this lesson.

Considering your financial needs

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Let's face it—a lot of us might choose not to work at all if we didn't need the money. Because we need jobs to provide a source of income, it's important to choose a career that can support our financial needs, especially as the global economy continues to recover after the 2008 recession.

Sometimes a salary figure—for example, $35,000 per year or $15 per hour—can sound like a lot of money. But without research and budget planning, you may find yourself pursuing a career that will ultimately leave you lacking.

Be sure to consider some of the following questions:

We'll talk more about exploring salaries in our Salary Basics lesson.

Gaining job skills

Some careers require a certain level of education, such as a bachelor's degree (B.S. or B.A.), while others require solid work experience or training/certification in a particular skill. Your current level of education will factor heavily into your career plan.

If you are pursing a new career path after working in one field, you may consider going back to school or enrolling in a class or certification program. You could also develop your skills by volunteering, building relationships with people in your new field, or taking a free online course. A lot will depend on the requirements of the field you're trying to enter, so do your research before
pursing a new degree or volunteer opportunity.

We'll talk more about developing job skills in our Gain Job Skills lesson.