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

Man thinking about money

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 module.

Gaining job skills

Education symbols 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 module.