What Should I be?

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Researching and Developing a Career Path

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What Should I be?

  1. 1. Discovering your Career Path? By Initiatives for All (IFA) Cynthia E. Olmedo
  2. 2. Why work? 1) 2) 3) Financial Physical Psychological
  3. 3. The Evolution of Career Choices What did you want to be in Kindergarten? Middle school? High School?
  4. 4. Factors to Consider: 1) What purpose to you want to service 2) Motivation (purpose, money, fame) 3) Perseverance/ Discipline 4) Passion (can develop from life experiences) Curiosity + Engagement = Passion 5) Skill level (Artistic, writing, math, etc. )
  5. 5. How do you know you like it?
  6. 6. Career Exploration Assessments (Myers-Briggs, Strong Interest Inventory) 2) Volunteering 3) Networking (talk to adults/ ask good questions) Links: Strong Interest Inventory 1) http://www.texascaresonline.com/ Myers- Briggs Type Indicator Assessment http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp O*NET OnLine http://www.onetonline.org/
  7. 7. Educational Options  Certification Program (< 2 years)  Associate degree (2 years)  Bachelor of Arts/Science degree (4 years)  Master of Arts/Science degree (6 years)  Ph.D. or Professional degree ( > 7 years)
  8. 8. Correlation between Major and Profession According to the U.S Bureau of the Census, only 27 percent of college grads have a job related to their major.
  9. 9. Conclusion  Learn as much as you can about yourself (strengths and weaknesses)  Get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable  Feed your curiosity  Get engaged in new activities  Don’t fear failure
  10. 10. Thank you Cynthia E. Olmedo Initiatives for All (IFA) Facebook: ifahouston 832.900.9422

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