Career Planning, from Life in the USA: The Complete Guide for Immigrants and Americans

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Life in the USA
Making a Living
On The Job

Career Planning

Don't Leave it to Chance. Once you get some experience in the American workplace, you should do some careful career planning. Avoid expensive consultants in this area. Many books are available on this subject. The most well known is What Color is Your Parachute, by Richard Nelson Bolles, which is constantly revised. It contains valuable hints for finding a job and directing your career in open-minded ways.

The business and economic news can be an excellent resource for career planning. The Wall Street Journal is an excellent source that appears on a daily basis; magazines such as Business Week are also helpful. Pragmatic magazines like Money and U.S. News and World Report can also give you leads. Government statistics on employment are not that useful. If you plan to go to school to get a career skill, do very careful research first to determine whether the skill will be marketable. Talk to people actually working in the field. Get many opinions. You can't afford to make a mistake in this area.

Major long-term growth areas: communications technology, computers, hospitality (hotel and restaurant management), health care.

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