1. Choosing a career is simple
Career planning is a multi-step process that involves learning enough about yourself and the occupations which you are considering in order to make an informed decision.
2. A career counselor can tell me what occupation to pick
A career counselor, or any other career development professional, can’t tell you what career is best for you. He or she can provide you with guidance in choosing a career and can help facilitate your decision.
3. I should choose a career from a "Best Careers" list
While the lists are often based on valid data, sometimes things change. In addition, you need to take into account your interests, values, and skills when choosing a career.
4. Once I choose a career I’ll be stuck in it forever
If you are unsatisfied in your career for any reason, you can always change it. Many people change careers several times over the course of their lifetimes.
5. If I change careers my skills will go to waste
Your skills are yours to keep. You can take them from one job to another. You may not use them in the exact same way, but they won’t go to waste.
6. There’s very little I can do to learn about an occupation without actually working in it
You can read about it either in print resources or online. You can also interview those working in that field.