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Your career and your personal goals

Your life consists of various parts which together produce the balance needed for wellness:

Physical: air, water, food, basic needs.

Mental: intellectual activity, knowledge, opinion.

Emotional: feelings, security.

Philosophical: meaning, reasons behind.

Career-related: professional fulfillment, financial well-being.

Social: friendship, socializing, been accepted, belonging.

Recreational: leisure, hobbies, low-tension activities.

An excess or a deficit in one of these areas will affect the others. Physical fitness has a great impact on your general wellness. During the past two years, how often were you off work or school due to medical reasons? Can you, or do you want to, offer a potential employer the advantages that come together with a healthy lifestyle? What changes, if any, need to be considered for you to be healthier (for yourself and also for your work)? It is a part of your career decision-making to choose to eat better, or to quit smoking, or to start playing sports… to have a better life. The same will certainly apply to your intellect: decisions like reading more or acquiring every day a bit of general culture will only benefit you and can’t do any harm, can´t they? Allow your curiosity to guide you and become a more cultivated person. You won’t regret it. In conjunction with your career objectives you may decide on your goals in some other areas of your life: your family and friends; any sports and physical fitness activity; any leisure activities including travel (which is the most intense way to achieve further culture); and finances including your retirement funding, etc. Now you can make your goals really S.M.A.R.T. Are you curious as to what this means?

You may also consider to carry out some community work as a volunteer. This way you certainly help others, but at the same time you will be learning a lot for your own career. Solidarity organizations, whether local, national or international in scope, provide opportunities for individuals to give to society and build their careers. You are of course able to support a community service compatible with your own personal beliefs and geared toward your leisure needs and preferences. It is very important that you make the same kind of commitment to the organization as you would do to your employer, because the organization will be counting on you to do the job as conscientiously as a paid employee. Just list a few organizations or community needs that you may be interested in helping with. Interview the person in charge to determine if your goals and theirs are actually compatible, and if working together will meet both your needs and theirs. When you have taken a decision on where you would like to volunteer, agree upon the number of hours, the times you will be available for them, your specific duties and your responsibilities, any training you may require, what your out-of-pocket expenses will be, etc.


Comprehensive career education glossary. Definitions of career education and career builder terms.

Adult basic education.    Adult general education    Adult secondary education.    Adult student.     Apprenticeship.    Aptitudes.   

Assessment.    Attributes.     Career.     Career branding.     Career Carnival.    Career change.    Career cluster.    Career coach.   

Career counseling.    Career exploration.    Career development.    Career fair.    Career guidance.    Career-Interest Inventory.    

Career mentoring.    Career objective.    Career paths.    Career planning.    Career program certificate.    Career resources.   

Career Trek.    Competencies (proficiencies).    Competency-based education.     Community Education.   

Continuing Workforce Education.    Co-operative career education    Cover letter.    Curriculum-Integrated program.   

CV. Curriculum Vitae.    Degree Vocational Education Program.    Demand occupation.    Distance education.    Doctorate.   

Dislocated worker.    Employability.    Entrepreneurial skills.    Formation.    Foundation skills.    Freelance career.    Head hunter.   

Home-based careers.    Human capital.    Human performance technology.    Human resources.    Immersion courses.    Internship.   

Job satisfaction.    Job shadowing.    Life coaching.    Lifelong learning.    Mentor.    Mentoring.    Moonlighting.    Motivation letter.   

Non-traditional careers.    Portfolio.    Postsecondary.    Prerequisite.    Real Game.    Resume.    Sabbatical year.   

School-to-career program.    Self-employment.    Self-instruction.    Skills.    Undergraduate.    Work-based learning.   

Work exploration.    Work readiness.    Work study.    Workforce development education.    Youth apprenticeship.

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