What does a Career mean? What we wish to accomplish in our lives through attainment of various goals. What does a degree or job mean? A career comprises of different “goals” which may include getting certain degrees or jobs
Although it may be ideal to think about life goals as always being worthy or contributing to humanity, this is not always the case. Some goals, such as accumulating personal wealth, or achieving great power are not altruistic. Yet these can be life goals, because they are highly motivating to some people over an extended period of time.
Career planning framework Making a career plan: Making choices Taking action Learning about jobs Types of jobs Identifying options Information search Learning about self Work values Job interests skills
Values and abilities Opportunities to determine direction Where to go and what to do
Making a career plan: Making choices Taking action Learning about jobs Types of jobs Identifying options Information search Learning about self Work values Job interests skills Knowing yourself Knowing the environment Finding your place in the environment
Most individuals eventually discover there are tradeoffs between career and lifestyle. Few find careers which blend perfectly. Most must learn to balance both worlds—this usually means compromising Case Study
Prioritize your values in order of importance to discover your core values.
Identifying core values…
Roles in our life… Many things are important to us in life, they are interconnected and are always influenced by the career path that we follow or chose to follow. Career and life often clash when we fail to take into account the various roles we will play and the importance of certain experiences in our life.
The question to ask yourself is; What’s important to you about… LIFE, CAREER, RELATIONSHIPS, MONEY, SPIRITUALITY Roles in our life…
Step 1. What percentage are you’re living your number 1 value right now… be honest Step 2. What are you currently doing to live this value: (what in your life taps into this value?) Step 3. What do you need to do to more of to really live this value: (what can you bring into your life or do more of?) EXERCISE
Talents play a major role in our interests, but some talents may not necessarily lead to a satisfying career Don’t let a single talent guide your career choice I am a good dancer
A practical career Strive to be your best and beware the career burnout!
Case Study The work environment The happiness factor Work interests
General belief: Many people believe that if an individual can find a career (or careers) that makes him or her happy, everything else will take care of itself.
Rationale to the belief: If you are happy you will automatically do a better job and this will eventually give you the recognition, money, power, personal satisfaction, and anything else you might want.
In a nut shell Just find a career that will make you happy and you have it made.
Following your gut- the intuitive approach: Intuition, "ability to sense or know immediately without reasoning",
Most of us experience ‘gut feelings’ we can’t explain, such as instantly loving – or hating – a new property when we’re house hunting or the snap judgments we make on meeting new people.
The two views about intuitive decisions: There are many recorded incidences where intuition prevented catastrophes and cases of remarkable recoveries when doctors followed their gut feelings
The two views about intuitive decisions: science has historically ridiculed the concept of intuition, putting it in the same box as parapsychology, phrenology and other ‘pseudoscientific’ practices.
It is far better than simply relying on your own methods.
A "short search" should not be considered a "quick fix”.
“ Typical” Resources Used to Pick a Career TV : There is a big difference between TV drama and “real life”.
Friends They’ll know what sounds “cool”, but unless they have proactively used the career /college tools available, they are probably not a knowledgeable source of information. “ Typical” Resources Used to Pick a Career
Life’s Interactions OK, you have used the services of Dentists, Pharmacists, Teachers, etc. but… Do you really know what it is like to do their job? “ Typical” Resources Used to Pick a Career
Parent A great source, if your parent’s career happens to be “the right one” out of several hundred possibilities for you. “ Typical” Resources Used to Pick a Career
The long search: You can conduct an extended, in-depth search (often in a class setting) under the guidance of an expert.
For those with time and dedication, an in-depth search is highly recommended. Finding the best career is a complex undertaking but something that can affect how happy your life will be. It should be worth whatever time is required to make the best possible career choice. Long Search:
Person gets to know himself or herself much better.
Advantages of a Long Search:
A long search can be accomplished on an individual basis under the guidance of a professional. This is often accomplished through the use of a short program which is supplemented with results from various testing instruments, individual counseling, and access to a career center. A career center can provide a wide variety of aids, including some recent sophisticated computerized programs. How to conduct a long search:
Ask your school librarian to help you find books on careers that might match your interests and abilities. Many publications can provide you with information about careers that you may never have considered.
Visit with your counselor about your interests and abilities. Find out if your school offers tests or interest inventories that can assess your skills and interests. Some schools also have computer software programs that assist with career exploration.