Making career decisions
is a lifelong process. It is all about exploring and experiencing the
world of work. It is also about understanding abilities, interests,
skills, and values and combining these to create a meaningful framework
for life. Your student will have many opportunities to discover and rediscover
careers that match a changing lifestyle. It is important that you are
an active participant in this decision-making process.
Career decision-making begins with an awareness of the world around you and the ability to understand what is personally important.
following checklist may help your student begin:
Frequently Asked Questions by Students
is career decision-making?
This is the process of making informed career choices based on personal experiences.
do I start?
A good way to start is by learning about yourself. You will be happiest if your career is a good fit and brings you satisfaction. Make a list of your interests, abilities, skills, and values. Consider careers that require some of the same traits.
do I determine my interests? Why is this important?
Your interests are the things that you like to do. Some people have hobbies like cooking or gardening. These hobbies might transfer to a career as a chef or landscape designer. Careers that have a close match to your interests may be more personally rewarding.
do I determine my abilities?
Abilities are those physical and mental activities that you seem to do easily. Perhaps you can draw animals or comfort people in need. These abilities might help you obtain a career as an artist or a counselor. Sometimes, additional education will help you enhance your abilities.
do I determine my skills?
Skills are activities that can be learned or developed by education or training. You can increase your math skills by going to school or you can attend a conference and learn about a new computer software package. Every job will require you to do certain activities or tasks, and each task will require a variety of skills. Your skills will continue to increase over your lifetime.
Your values are the principles that you use to determine how much something means to you. For example, you like to work on cars and you are concerned about the environment. Then perhaps a career working on electric cars or designing alternate fuel vehicles would be right for you.
can I talk to?
Family and friends are a good place to start. People who know you can tell you about their jobs in a casual setting. School counselors and other community members will also talk with you. Think about the questions and make a list before you begin.
can I experience different careers?
You can get information from many different sources. Public, school, and church libraries have materials available to you. Newspapers have job listings and articles about people at work. Human resources departments of government employers have job descriptions. Job centers and personnel agencies also have information. If you have access to a computer, there are multiple sites that can help you explore.
can I experience different careers?
career information should I collect?
You should ask questions about things that are important to you. Here are some examples to help you begin exploring:
What are the tasks
performed by this occupation? Do the tasks require interests,
abilities, skills, and values that match mine?
What education does this
career require? Where can I get this kind of training? How can I pay
for this education? Will I need periodic retraining to stay in this
What is the future of
What is the typical work
Does this job require
What is the path of
What are the health and
retirement benefits generally found in this line of work?
How much money will this
Do I need to relocate to
take this job?
do I know what my career options are?
The options are endless and constantly changing. Today's list of careers may look different next year. In addition, your career needs will be constantly changing. First, know yourself. Next, learn about the world of work. Then, find your place. You will repeat this process many times during your life.
Contact a counselor at your school to receive more information and to discuss your options. The material contained in this pamphlet is current as of January 2013. For the most current information visit our web site: www.gcic.peachnet.edu .
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