One of the most important decisions we make in our lives involves our careers. More than just 'having a job', a career is a life choice, a journey that we choose for ourselves for gainful employment and fulfillment of our lives. For many people, planning a career begins right after high school when deciding on which college to attend and what courses to take. For others, career planning takes place a little later in life, perhaps after having settled a family and a home.
Planning your career is not too dissimilar to planning a dinner party. There are preparations that need to be made if your dinner party is to be a success. The same preparations need to be made for your career. Look at your career as if it were a ladder, you don't start at the top of the ladder instantly, you work your way up from the bottom or near bottom to get to where you want to be - at the top. One of the first decisions you need to make is to decide on the career you wish to follow. Researching the career field prior to any further decision making is key. Find out what necessary steps you will need to take in the way of education, certification and experience to get to the pinnacle of your career.
Talking with professionals in the career field of your choice can help you find out and decide which path is best for you to take on your way to the career of your dreams.