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Statistics about education and careers in the U.S. show why it is important to have a plan for life after high school: eight of the 10 fastest-growing occupations between 2000 and 2010 will require some form of education beyond high school.
Employment Outlook: Occupational Employment Projections to 2010, Hecker, Daniel. U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics Monthly Labor Review, 2001.
Forty-eight of the 50 best-paying jobs will require an associate or bachelor's degree.
Tomorrow's Jobs , U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. 2002.
Planning a Vacation?
In many ways, making career plans is similar to planning a vacation. Your first step will be to choose a destination. Where do you want to go on your trip? Skiing in the Rockies? Even if you know that a ski trip would be your perfect vacation, how do you decide on the best ski resort? Unless you do some homework, your vacation may end up being less than you had hoped for.
Unlike a vacation, however, if you don't do your homework when planning your career, the result may be a little more devastating than just a wasted week and less money in your wallet. You might end up spending thousands of dollars on education, only to find you don't like the career you chose. That's an expensive career exploration!
Changing career goals is okay, as you learn more about the world of work. It is better to know now that your interests have changed than to be in a career that you do not enjoy.