Career Decision MakingGayle E. Wood, M.Ed.Director of Access and Diversity
3-Steps to Career Planning • Self-Assessment – Evaluate your interests, personality and values, skills and abilities. • Career Exploration – Evaluate career trends. – Complete an information search. • Put it Together – Set a specific timetable for completing goals. – Use your contacts.
Self-Assessment • Interests – What sparks my interest? – What activities give me the most pleasure? – What’s really important to me? – What volunteer activities do I find most enjoyable? – What school subjects do I find most interesting?”
Self-Assessment • Skills and Abilities – What are areas in which I excel? – What are my special gifts and talents? – What are some things I do for which I receive compliments? – In what subjects do I earn the highest grades?”
Self-Assessment • Personality and Values – What are my lifestyle preferences? – Do I prefer to be indoors or outdoors? – Would I rather be with lots of people or by yourself? – Do I consider myself a quite, calm person or an active person? – Would I prefer a 9-5 work schedule or a flexible work schedule?
Tools for Self Assessment • Daydream about careers that interest you. • Review the classified section of the Sunday Newspaper. – Make a scrapbook of the job listings you cut out of the newspaper. – Pay attention to similarities in job choices.
Tools for Self Assessment • Participate in a Shadow Program. • Review your Transcripts. – Highlight those courses in which you earned an A or B. • Take a Career Assessment. – Meet with a counselor and take the Campbell Interest Skills Survey.
Career Exploration • Review Career Trends. – Labor Market Trends • Which employment fields will be dominant? – Occupational Trends • What careers are predicted for fast growth? • What changes are occurring in occupational trends? • How has the work force changed in the last few years? • What significant work force changes will occur in the next 5-10 years?
Career Exploration • Complete an Information Search. – Use the following Internet sites to research specific careers. • Occupational Outlook Handbook www.bls.gov/oco/ • Princeton Review www.princetonreview.com/cte/ • What Color is Your Parachute? www.jobhuntersbible.com • Americas Career Infonet www.acinet.org/acinet/ • Tennessee Career Information Delivery System www.tcids.utk.edu/
Career Exploration • Talk to people in the field. • Participate in an internship. – Contact the placement office for more information on internships.
Put It Together • Set a Specific Timetable. – Write down long- and short-term goals that guide you toward achieving the career you want. • Teach K-5, graduation date, internship, licensure, etc.) – Periodically evaluate those goals.
Put It Together • Use Your Contacts. – Network with people in your field before you graduate from college, especially during your last two semesters in college.
Need Help? • If you need assistance with career planning, contact Counseling Services: – Blount County Center - 981-5303 – Division Street Campus - 971-5218 – Magnolia Campus - 329-3113 – Pellissippi Campus - 694-6547