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Make a career plan to help you reach your goals. Following a plan can help you get the job of your choice.

A career plan includes:

  • Your career goals
  • Steps needed to reach your goals
  • Your skills and interests
  • Training and education programs so you can learn new skills
  • Time needed to reach your goals

Follow these steps to achieve your goals:

Step 1: Start Your Plan
Step 2: Explore Career and Training
Step 3: Set Goals and a Timeline Use the S.M.A.R.T Goal Method:
Use a calendar and take the steps to complete your Short-Term GoalsShort-term goals can be completed in 1 to 3 months
and may include:
  • Applying for financial aid
  • Calculating monthly
    budget
  • Creating a resume
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and Long-Term GoalsLong-Term goals can be completed in 6 or more months
and may include:
  • Making a career change
  • Completing a training
    program
  • Getting the job you want
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  • Statewide Interest

    Could this be YOUR LIFE?

    Could this be Your Life logo

    Check out this online interactive game brought to you by the Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support, and take the journey through Could this be YOUR LIFE.  This interactive game will teach you about the consequences of making career and life choices.

    To access this interactive game, visit the Could this be YOUR LIFE External link opens in a new windowweb site.



  • Kids and Careers Brochure

    Kids and Careers: How Families Can Help Youth Succeed The Department of Employment Security, Kids and Careers: How Families Can Help Youth Succeed brochure provides the tools and information to help children succeed in life.   
    For more information visit the Kids and Careers brochure External link opens in a new window.

    Counselors and school administrators interested in packets of printed brochures, please call (877) 513-1987 or email des.icrn@illinois.gov . 


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