The very word "career" causes some people to get offended. The idea of planning and targeting your career goals seems too cold-blooded and mercenary for some. But the simple truth is that you will, indeed, have a career whether you plan it or not. Whether or not you will like that career, and find it satisfying, is another story altogether.
It's our experience, after more than 40 years of helping people to choose and get the job they can like and do best, that we are completely convinced that career development is just as essential to happiness as getting routine health checkups or taking care of your car.
It's simply common sense to spend time reviewing your career to date, assessing your shills, interests, values and dreams, and making sure your career is moving in the direction that you think best.
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Since 1985, the Careers newsletter has offered news, insights and advice to job-hunters, students, retirees and everyone interested in finding the jobs they can like and do best.
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