Remember when high school seniors could plan to go to college and assume there would be a job available when they graduated? Those were the good old days.
Those were the days of your father's career plans. And they worked for most people.
Not so today. Not only are jobs scarce today in traditional career fields, but there will be new career fields and hybrids of several fields available when a student graduates from college that did not exist when he began his freshman year.
How can students successfully plan their educational and career lives in a rapidly changing world?
The best way to plan today is to first be informed about personal preferences and skills in relation to careers as well as career and employment trends before even consider going to college or picking a major.
Most students are talented in several areas. Armed with employment opportunity trends and how the occupation may change is valuable information when a student is deciding which career to pursue.
More than ever, students need to be very savvy consumers when it comes to deciding on a career. It is important to pursue a career in which the student is talented but also important to pursue a career that will permit the student to become economically independent after college.
Information about employment trends is available in many locations including the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. View the latest trends at www.bls.gov when you look at overall employment trends and view specific data about careers. Take a look inside a current copy of the Occupational Outlook Handbook produced by the US Department of Labor for a wealth of career field specific outlook information valuable to a person engaged in planning to invest in a career.