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  • http://www.career.vt.edu/MajorCareerExploration/SelfAssessment.html See the connections between aspects of yourself and aspects of particular career fields and occupations. Results include occupational information you may consider and research further.

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  • 1. DEBUNKING THE MYTHS OFCAREER EXPLORATIONLeigh Anne Leist and Sarah Crockett Advising Matters Conference March 2, 2012
  • 2. C AREER E XPLORATION P ROCESS Step 1 – Self Assessment Step 2 – Career Research Step 3 – Decision Making Step 4 – Goal Setting and Action Plans
  • 3. C AREER M YTH #1 Career Testing Will Tell Me Exactly What Occupation is Right For Me There is no “career test” – it’s called self assessment Starting point for career planning, but does not tell students what to be Allows students to gain a better understanding of themselves  Interests – Personality – Skills – Values Helps students determine career options that mesh with their characteristics
  • 4. C AREER M YTH #2 There is One Perfect Occupation Waiting For Me Somewhere Out There Many occupations can satisfy a students career goals Career research helps students gather information about career fields and academic options Important for students to make informed decisions
  • 5. C AREER M YTH #3 Most People Know Their Major and Career Goals When They Enter College Majority of students change their mind about majors and careers several times before graduation Average student entering with a major changes it three to five times → Average student entering undeclared changes only one or two times Self-assessment and career research helps make informed decisions
  • 6. C AREER M YTH #4 My Major Leads Directly to My Career. If I Pick The Wrong Major, I’ll End Up In The Wrong Career One major can lead to many different career paths Employers care more about career related experience  Internship, Part-time employment, Volunteer Work, Study Abroad, Research … Gaining experience helps students test drive career options
  • 7. C AREER M YTH #5 Liberal Arts, Humanities, and Science Majors Are Usually Unemployable Students in these majors are employed in a wide range of careers Majors offer students valuable training in many areas such as writing, research, critical thinking … Doing career research and gaining career related experience will make any student marketable The entire Career Exploration Process will make finding employment more manageable
  • 8. C AREER M YTH #6 I Will Only Have One Career In My Lifetime Career Planning is a process; an ongoing process. Students should be reminded they will re -visit their career plans several times during their lifetime A typical college student may have 4 to 7 different career directions prior to retirement. Retirement may not even be a consideration for some! Not making decisions for the rest of one’s life. There are occupations that don’t even exist yet! How Exciting!
  • 9. C AREER M YTH #7 Most People’s Knowledge Of Occupations Is Complete Often incomplete and incorrect! A glamorized and unrealistic picture is too often shared by the media Balanced and accurate information must be reviewed to objectively narrow down one’s occupational options Research – Informational Interviews – Co-op/Intern Opportunities
  • 10. C AREER M YTH #8 I Should Choose An Occupation Based On My Strongest Skills Skills are only one component – interests – values - personality preferences must also be considered Thorough self-assessment is so important! Just because you are very talented in an area doesn’t mean you want to do it for a living What skills may you acquire in the future?!
  • 11. C AREER M YTH #9The Best Place For Me To Start LookingFor An Occupation Is Where Employers Are Doing Lots Of Hiring Right Now The job market fluctuates constantly Projections could change Job outlook trends are useful if used cautiously Job market prognostication should never, ever be a primary factor in the choosing of a career!
  • 12. C AREER M YTH #10 I Can Trust In Fate To Bring Me To The Right Occupation There are outside influences that can’t be controlled One should have an active role in determining one’s career path Set goals and create an action plan Information about self + occupational information = a wise career decision Plan Early – Timeline for Success
  • 13. CAREER SERVICES RESOURCES www.career.vt.edu
  • 14. S UCCESS IS LIKING YOURSELF, LIKING WHAT YOU DO,AND LIKING HOW YOU DO IT. - M AYA A NGELOU
  • 15. ReferencesGary Lynn Harr, Career Guide: Road Maps to Meaning in the World of Work, 1995.Consulting Psychologists Press, Inc., StrongInterest Inventory Resource. Strategies for Group and Individual Interpretations in College Settings, 1995.
  • 16. QUESTIONS?Leigh Anne Leist, leistla@vt.eduSarah Crockett, sarahec@vt.edu Smith Career Center 540-231-6241