Bruce Biskin, PhD, GCDF
PSG of Mercer County March 16, 2012
…When You Are Looking for a Job
Bruce Biskin, PhD, GCDF Rethin...
Today’s Discussion
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 We will:
 Define “career exploration.”
 Identify re...
Career Paths
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Exploring Careers: Some Definitions
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 Career
 “The general progression of...
Career Exploration is…
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Systematically examining options
to guide the progr...
Why Explore Career Options?
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Why would you think about exploring careers?
...
Lack of Information
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 “I don’t know what careers exist.”
 “I don’t know m...
Looking for a Better Fit
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 “I want a more fulfilling career.”
 “I love to...
Seeking Opportunities
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 “I love new challenges.”
 “I want to earn more th...
Indecisiveness
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 “How will I know which career is right for me?”
 “I jus...
Why should you look at career
options?
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Over time…
the nature of work ch...
When should you look at career
options?
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Career Decision-Making States
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Four States
“Stay the Course” (default)
...
Career Decision-Making Styles
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 Four Styles
 “The Ostrich”
 “The Gamble...
The Ostrich
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The Gambler
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The Tosser
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The Planner
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Basic Career Planning Model
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 Step 1: Collect Information
 Step 2: Ident...
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Career Planning Cycle
Collect
information
Implement
and update plan
Develop/Tweak
Plan
Identify...
Collect & Inventory Information
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– Jobs
 Requirements
 Education
 Training
 Experience
 Rei...
How Well Do You Know:
Yourself?
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 Skills
 Transferable
 Occupation-specific
 Knowledge
 You...
How Well Do You Know:
The Work World?
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 What are typical work environments like?
 What are typ...
Career Exploration--Summary
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1. Create an inventory of strengths, motivators, challenges
2. Lear...
Seeking Career Services:
Some Career Professionals*
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 Career Coach
 Career Consultant
 Career...
Getting Career Assistance
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 Identify your needs first to find the right kind of
professional
 ...
Career Exploration Resources
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Sample Resources
 Books
 Richard Nelson Bolles, What Color Is Yo...
Career Exploration Resources
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 Websites
 O*NET (www.onetonline.org)
 Authoritative occupation...
Sample Online Assessments
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 Free Interest Assessment
 Interest Profiler – Short Form
(http://w...
Thank You!
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Questions & Comments
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Presentation to the Professional Services Group (PSG) of Mercer County (NJ), March 16, 2012, on the value of continual career exploration even during a job search.

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  1. 1. Bruce Biskin, PhD, GCDF PSG of Mercer County March 16, 2012 …When You Are Looking for a Job Bruce Biskin, PhD, GCDF Rethinking Your Career
  2. 2. Today’s Discussion Rethinking Your CareerBruce Biskin, PhD, GCDF 2  We will:  Define “career exploration.”  Identify reasons to explore career options.  Consider why continuous career exploration is increasingly important.  Describe a simple model of career decision- making, focusing on career exploration.  List some resources available if you need help.
  3. 3. Career Paths Bruce Biskin, PhD, GCDF Rethinking Your Career 3
  4. 4. Exploring Careers: Some Definitions Rethinking Your CareerBruce Biskin, PhD, GCDF 4  Career  “The general progression of your work or professional life.”  Explore  “To examine or investigate something systematically.” So career exploration is….
  5. 5. Career Exploration is… Rethinking Your CareerBruce Biskin, PhD, GCDF 5 Systematically examining options to guide the progression of your work or professional life.
  6. 6. Why Explore Career Options? Rethinking Your CareerBruce Biskin, PhD, GCDF 6 Why would you think about exploring careers?  Lack of Information  Looking for a Better Fit  Seeking New Opportunities  Doubt  Anything Else? Christopher Columbus
  7. 7. Lack of Information Rethinking Your CareerBruce Biskin, PhD, GCDF 7  “I don’t know what careers exist.”  “I don’t know myself well enough to choose a career.”  “How do I choose a career?”  “What are my talents and motivators?”  “What industries/employers hire people like me?”  “What are the fields and jobs of the future?”
  8. 8. Looking for a Better Fit Rethinking Your CareerBruce Biskin, PhD, GCDF 8  “I want a more fulfilling career.”  “I love to do many things—I can’t choose just one.”  “I’m getting bored with what I do.”  “No job I ever had excited me for long.”  “I feel my talents are no longer valued.”  “My career is becoming obsolete.”  “My field is changing.”  I used to love my work, but now it’s a drag.”
  9. 9. Seeking Opportunities Rethinking Your CareerBruce Biskin, PhD, GCDF 9  “I love new challenges.”  “I want to earn more than I can now.”  “I want to start something new.”  “Growth in [new field] is doubling every year!”
  10. 10. Indecisiveness Rethinking Your CareerBruce Biskin, PhD, GCDF 10  “How will I know which career is right for me?”  “I just can’t figure out this career maze no matter how hard I try!”  “I just don’t know what to do—and I’m afraid I never will!”  “I want you to tell me what career to choose.”
  11. 11. Why should you look at career options? Rethinking Your CareerBruce Biskin, PhD, GCDF 11 Over time… the nature of work changes! the physical world in which we live changes! the culture of the workplace changes! …and YOU change!
  12. 12. When should you look at career options? Rethinking Your CareerBruce Biskin, PhD, GCDF 12
  13. 13. Career Decision-Making States Rethinking Your CareerBruce Biskin, PhD, GCDF 13 Four States “Stay the Course” (default) “Make Mid-Course Corrections” “Find a New Route” “Choose a New Destination” You always are in one of these states.
  14. 14. Career Decision-Making Styles Rethinking Your CareerBruce Biskin, PhD, GCDF 14  Four Styles  “The Ostrich”  “The Gambler”  “The Tosser”  “The Planner”  We use all these styles sometimes.  We tend to have a preferred style.
  15. 15. The Ostrich Bruce Biskin, PhD, GCDF 15 Rethinking Your Career
  16. 16. The Gambler Bruce Biskin, PhD, GCDF 16 Rethinking Your Career
  17. 17. The Tosser Bruce Biskin, PhD, GCDF 17 Rethinking Your Career
  18. 18. The Planner Bruce Biskin, PhD, GCDF 18 Rethinking Your Career
  19. 19. Basic Career Planning Model Rethinking Your CareerBruce Biskin, PhD, GCDF 19  Step 1: Collect Information  Step 2: Identify or eliminate options  Step 3: Make a plan  Step 4: Implement the plan
  20. 20. Bruce Biskin, PhD, GCDF 20 Career Planning Cycle Collect information Implement and update plan Develop/Tweak Plan Identify options Set/Evaluate Goals Rethinking Your Career
  21. 21. Collect & Inventory Information Bruce Biskin, PhD, GCDF 21 – Jobs  Requirements  Education  Training  Experience  Reinforcers  Organizations – Careers  Occupations  Fields & Industries – Labor Market  Supply  Demand – Yourself  Skills  Knowledge  Abilities  Motivators Interests, values, preferences, personality Rethinking Your Career
  22. 22. How Well Do You Know: Yourself? Bruce Biskin, PhD, GCDF 22  Skills  Transferable  Occupation-specific  Knowledge  Your occupation  Your industry  Abilities  General  Specialized  Motivators  Interests  Values  Needs  Personality traits  Preferences/style Rethinking Your Career
  23. 23. How Well Do You Know: The Work World? Bruce Biskin, PhD, GCDF 23  What are typical work environments like?  What are typical tasks and activities in your occupations of interest?  Required KSAs  What motivations are associated with success and satisfaction in occupations of interest?  Work values, work environment, compensation, etc.  How easy is it to change from my career to __?  Re-Educating/Retraining/Re-Careering Rethinking Your Career
  24. 24. Career Exploration--Summary Bruce Biskin, PhD, GCDF 24 1. Create an inventory of strengths, motivators, challenges 2. Learn about occupational/career options 3. Learn alternative job titles for similar jobs 4. Learn about the labor market 5. Create a career portfolio You can use this information to:  Identify and evaluate career options  Identify development needs  Set goals and create plans  Decision: Stay the course, mid-course adjustment, new path, or new destination  Revisit the plan periodically Rethinking Your Career
  25. 25. Seeking Career Services: Some Career Professionals* Bruce Biskin, PhD, GCDF 25  Career Coach  Career Consultant  Career Counselor  Career Development Facilitator  Counseling Psychologist  Executive Coach  Résumé Writer  Workforce Specialist *in alphabetical order Rethinking Your Career
  26. 26. Getting Career Assistance Bruce Biskin, PhD, GCDF 26  Identify your needs first to find the right kind of professional  Contact your alma maters’ career centers  Independent Professionals  Do your due diligence  Check professional’s websites  Check LinkedIn  Get testimonials from trusted sources  Focus on those who had needs like yours  Check out credentials  Education, experience, certifications Rethinking Your Career
  27. 27. Career Exploration Resources Bruce Biskin, PhD, GCDF 27 Sample Resources  Books  Richard Nelson Bolles, What Color Is Your Parachute? 2012: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers (40th Anniversary ed.). Ten Speed Press.  Paul D. Tieger & Barbara Barron-Tieger (2007). Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type (4th ed.). Little,Brown.  Career Professional Referrals  Career services office of your college/university  Check website for career or counseling services; check alumni association web site, too  Professional associations Rethinking Your Career
  28. 28. Career Exploration Resources Bruce Biskin, PhD, GCDF 28  Websites  O*NET (www.onetonline.org)  Authoritative occupational information database  Alternative interface: www.mynextmove.org  Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) (www.bls.gov/oco/)  Detailed descriptions of over 800 occupations  10-year employment outlook by occupation  National wage/salary information; links to state information  Career One-Stop (www.careeronestop.org)  Portal to various federal, state, and other websites for occupational education, training, and other information. Links to O*NET and OOH.  Professional & Trade Associations Rethinking Your Career
  29. 29. Sample Online Assessments Bruce Biskin, PhD, GCDF 29  Free Interest Assessment  Interest Profiler – Short Form (http://www.mynextmove.org/explore/ip)  Uses the RIASEC model, links to O*NET  Fee Assessment  Strong Interest Inventory  Taken through qualified or certified professional  Uses RIASEC; scheduled to link directly to O*NET in Spring 2012  Four sets of scores; compares your interests with those in both general and occupational reference groups Rethinking Your Career
  30. 30. Thank You! Bruce Biskin, PhD, GCDF 30 Questions & Comments Rethinking Your Career

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