5 Ways to Take Control of Your Education and Career

take controlThe future is an uncertain place, especially if you aren’t sure what you want to do. The same can be said if you know what you want, but don’t yet know how to achieve your goals.

So where do you begin? How do you start to take back control?

Here are five simple steps to take control of your education, your career, and yourself.

Set Goals

Instead of saying something grand and vague like “I want to become a doctor,” narrow your goals into achievable steps. For example, start with “I want to graduate medical school.” Then maybe “I want to find a great neurology internship.” While your big hairy goal is still the key driver, the smaller chunks keep you focused on each next step.

Make a Plan

Once you’ve figured out what you want to do, make a blueprint for success. This is when you look into information like exams, licenses, and employment rates. It’s also the time to plan your future around your established goals. If you need to move across the country to attend school, start calling truck companies. If you need to pass a special test to get your certification, buy the study guides. Don’t wait… act!

Consider Your Options

Gather your resources. Sift through your choices. For example, say you want to earn an international relations or diplomacy degree. Look at all the schools that offer highly-ranked graduate programs, or those with fantastic international relations departments. At the same time, know what you’re missing by turning down other schools.

Crunch the Numbers

You’ll need to spend some money to achieve your educational and career dreams. An investment in yourself is required. The good news? It doesn’t necessarily have to come out of your pocket. From scholarships to financial aid programs, there are ways to break down tuition costs and make them easier to manage. You’ll just need to plan, then take action.

Reach Out

No matter what you want to do, there’s someone out there who has already done it. Learn from them. Asking questions of a professor, Network with industry leaders at professional events. After all, there’s no better way to take charge of the future than by looking into the past of someone you admire.

These are just five tips to take back control of your education, career, and life. It doesn’t matter if you’re aspiring to be an office assistant or the next president.

As long as you have a plan to take control, anything is possible.


About the Author: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Rachelle recommends an online master of international relations and diplomacy for those interested in a graduate program. Follow her on Twitter


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