Sunday, December 7, 2014

Career Planning

You chose a college major and narrowed your career choices...
Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology. 

Both fields have multiple paths you can take: clinics, schools, hospital, home care, children, adults. The possibilities seem endless. How will you decide on a path? 

 Really, the question is: 
How will you decide on and build a career?

A career is more than just a job. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary states that a career is: a field for or pursuit of consecutive progressive achievement especially in public, professional, or business life; a profession for which one trains and which is undertaken as a permanent calling.

Much of what goes into building a career are processes you are very familiar with. Gong to college and choosing a major involve much of the same process that beginning a career takes: you thought about your likes, interests, strengths, you networked to find out about classes and professors...and really it is a continuous process, each semester we ask ourselves, "Am I meant to do this, this class was HARD!"

 The process chart displays basic career development planning

A Career is not a static entity, it is an ever changing, evolving process. As you begin your new career in your chosen field you will likely perform a self-assessment: "Oh I love working with children!" or "Swallowing specialist sounds perfect so I never have to transcribe phonetically again."

And just as you will go through changes in life, your career can too. Through a continuous monitoring process, networking, and continuing education, we can change direction in our career. 

The Texas Workforce Commission has several web pages that are interesting, to help us in researching our chosen fields, Texas Reality Check and Texas Cares are places to start the process.

Team Work Makes the Dream Work

Your Speech and Hearing Family

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