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An Overview of the career exploration process and important tools to use along the way.

An Overview of the career exploration process and important tools to use along the way.

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  • *Handout:Imagine you’re at a party with people of similar interests cornered off into R.I.A.S.E.CWhich corner of the room would you be instinctively drawn too? After 15 minutes or so, people in that corner decide to leave the party. Of the groups that still remain, which corner would you be drawn to?After another 15 minutes go by, people in this group decide to leave as well, of the corners/groups left, which one would you visit?The 3 letters chosen represent a sample HOLLAND/interest code, circle each letter on “The Party” and transfer thatinformation to your Career Planning Inventory sheet.
  • Imagine you’re at a party with people of similar interests cornered off into R.I.A.S.E.CWhich corner of the room would you be instinctively drawn too? After 15 minutes or so, people in that corner decide to leave the party. Of the groups that still remain, which corner would you be drawn to?After another 15 minutes go by, people in this group decide to leave as well, of the corners/groups left, which one would you visit?The 3 letters chosen represent a sample HOLLAND/interest code, circle each letter on “The Party” and transfer thatinformation to your Career Planning Inventory sheet.
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  • 1. Tools for Career Exploration
    Presented By
    Ebony Hogan, M.Ed CRC, CFLE
    Career Center
  • 2. Tools for Career Exploration
  • 3. Career Planning Inventory
    Phase I: Assessments, Values
    Phase II: PossibleCareers
    Phase III: SettingAchievable Goals
  • 4. The Party
    Who would you socialize with?
  • 5. Holland Code + Work Clusters (Interests)
    Realistic
    Investigative
    DATA - PEOPLE – THINGS - IDEAS
    Artistic
    Conventional
    Enterprising
    Social
  • 6. Overview
    Holland Codes are:
    Personality types (developed by psychologist John L. Holland’s theory of career choice)
    Types are broken down into the RIASEC job environments
    Outcome: Personality/Environment Match
  • 7. Holland/SDS Code
    Fill in your Holland/SDS Code on the Career Planning Inventory.
    Resulting 3 Letter Code with several combinations can be used to search for matching occupations:
    Example:
    Original Code: RIA
    Mix it up and search alternate codes:
    RAI
    IAR
    IRA
    ARI
    AIR
  • 8. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (Abbreviated Assessment)
    What ‘s your work personality?
  • 9. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (Personality)
    Table of Types
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    SENSING
    INTUITIVE
  • 10. Overview
    • Originated by Carl Jung’s typological theories (questionnaire), the MBTI is a personality inventory developed by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter, Isabel Briggs Myers to measure psychological preferences of how people perceive the world and make decisions.
  • MBTI/JUNG TYPOLOGY
    Fill in your TYPOLOGY on the Career Planning Inventory.
    Resulting 4 Letter Typology can be used to search for matching occupations:
    Example:
    Typology: ESTJ
    Popular Occupations:
    Auditor
    Insurance agent
    Librarian
    Secretary
    Sales Representative
  • 11. Skills
    • Select 5 skills (hard and/or soft) that you want to use in your next job. Example:
    • 12. Negotiation
    • 13. Customer Service Oriented
    • 14. Accounting
    • 15. Sales
    • 16. Organization
    • 17. Multitask
  • Work Values
    • Select 5 work values that are most important to you. Example:
    • 18. Flexibility, Benefits, Pay
    • 19. Location, Perfect Supervisor
    • 20. Ongoing Training, Team Spirit
    • 21. Independence, Rewards/Incentives
    • 22. Opportunity for Growth
  • Life Values
    • Select 5 life values that are most important to you. Example:
    • 23. Family
    • 24. Friends
    • 25. Personal Space
    • 26. Religion / Church
  • Developing a Plan
    Goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timed
    Include both short-term and long-term goals with back-up plans
    Set deadlines and quantify them
    Research careers
    Online and print materials
    Informational interviewing
    Job shadowing
  • 27. Research
    Online:
    www.cuyahogalibrary.org
    Research, Subject Areas, Career Information Page, click on:
    • Career Information
    • 28. Career Planning/Assessment
    • 29. Premium Career Electronic Resources
    OCIS (Ohio Career Information System) Research
  • 30. Research
    Print:
    Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance
    Dictionary of Occupational Titles
    At the Career Center, explore the large selection of individual books covering hundreds of occupations
  • 31. Research
    Informational Interview:
    Ask 3-5 professionals from each career of interest to answer questions regarding their jobs
    Come prepared with questions
    Formal or informal interview
    Do NOT ask for a job at that time
    Send a thank you letter
  • 32. Research
    Job Shadow:
    Ask to shadow a professional from a career you are considering (typically for ½ a day)
    Ask about, and adhere to, dress code
    Come prepared with a pen and small notepad
    Be prepared to be introduced to employees
    Send a thank you letter
  • 33. To change or not to change Careers
    Troubleshoot your dissatisfaction
    External: Personalities? Duties? Culture? Security? Wages? Outlook? Physical environment?
    Internal: Do you continuously need new challenges? Are you experiencing other life changes that affect your job satisfaction?
    Continue to set achievable goals for yourself
    In some cases, happiness is a conscious choice we make and work towards everyday.
    What can you change in a positive way?
    What do you need to accept if you decide to continue on your current career path or change?
  • 34. Explore, Explore, Explore!
    “If you don't like something, change it.
    If you can't change it, change your attitude.” -Maya Angelou
    Don’t confuse having a career with having a life.” -Hillary Clinton
    “Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.” -Henry Ford
    “Be absolutely determined to enjoy what you do.” -Sarah Knowles Bolton