Career planning is the continuous process of thinking about your interests, values, skills and preferences; exploring the life, work and learning options available to you; ensuring that your work fits with your personal circumstances; and continuously fine-tuning your work and learning plans to help you manage the changes in your life and the world of work. The first step in making an informed academic or vocational choice is understanding yourself: your needs, strengths, joys, personality, values, skills, natural talents, preferences and interests. There are many ways to do this on your own or working with a career counselor.