11 You have gone through the self-assessment process and you’ve investi- gated your career options. You should now be able to identify one or two career areas that might be a good match for you. Here’s how Josh found a career match for himself. During his junior year, Josh decided that he should try to find a career that would be right for him. So Josh did a self-assessment and determined that he 1) likes “hands-on” activities; 2) loses track of time when he listens to music and when he works on his car; 3) only wants to go to school for a year or two after high school; and 4) likes math, history, and industrial arts classes. From this, Josh concluded that he should investigate careers in the skilled trades. Josh read about a number of careers. Then he talked to his counselor, his industrial arts teacher, and his father’s mechanic. After thinking abouteverythinghe’dlearned,Joshdecidedthathemightliketobean auto mechanic. While going through this process, Josh realized that he should also learn more about automotive engineering technology. If you have a career that you’d now like to consider, you are ready for Part II: Your Education Choices. As you explore your education choices, you may come across a career you haven’t considered. Remember, choosing a career is a process. While going through each step of this process, keep an open mind and continue to learn as much as you can about yourself, the careers you’re investigating, and the education/training programs that are available to you. Choosing a Career–Step Find a Career Match No career path is permanent It’s important to realize that no career path is permanent or irrevers- ible. In fact, most people change careers several times during their lives. Make your career and education choices based on who you are today, but know that you can always choose a different career path in the future. 3