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2. Do your research.
Sure, you'll have to fill in some of the blanks later, but you can at least start painting a picture of your future by talking to colleagues and friends about your plans and cruising the classified ads. Online discussion boards can be a great resource, as are the enthusiast sites that cater to your next move. Then check out organizations that represent the field you're joining and universities that have relevant degree programs. So what if you're not interested in taking the classes? The program's website and collateral material can be a gold mine of information.