1: Introduction

It Makes Sense to Love Your Career

Fact Sheet from the Social Security Administration, 2017 about social security benefits

Source: Fact Sheet, Social Security Administration, 2017

Here is a sobering fact: You likely will work longer than your parents. Americans are working longer due to healthier lifestyles, increased life expectancies, fluctuations in income, investments or retirement plans, and sometimes simply because they can’t afford to retire.

You will spend decades engaged in your career, so doing something you love that provides you financial security makes practical sense. By the end of this course, you will have what you need to develop an earning plan that supports your financial goals, identifies the salary and benefits that best match your knowledge and skills, and maximizes your unique talents in a satisfying career. And, just like your financial plans, you can revisit your earning plan over the course of your career to make adjustments as necessary.

As you move through the course, you will:

  • Determine your minimum compensation and benefits requirements.
  • Determine how well current employment trends, career opportunities and training options match your financial circumstances, abilities and aptitudes.
  • Outline an earning plan with flexibility for changing conditions and strategies to cope with likely obstacles.
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