Assessments are tools that will help you learn which occupations might suit you. Many will ask you to answer questions about what you like, what’s important to you, and what your strengths are. Assessments are not tests. There are no right or wrong answers. They are tools to help you make decisions regarding education, training and career choices.
Next, focus on learning about the occupations that seem to be a good fit based on the results of your self assessment and any other professions that interest you. Use online and print resources to get a job description and learn about specific job duties. Check out the Labor Market Information below for in depth information on occupations.
When you choose a career that matches your overall interests, you are more likely to enjoy your job; you are also more likely to be successful. Below are three career interest tools that will help you identify how your interests translate to jobs and occupations:
Workplace values are the guiding principles that are most important to you about the way you work. You use these deeply held principles to make important decisions and career choices. When you and your employer’s values align you are more likely to have a positive work experience. Below are two tools to help you explore your workplace values:
Skills describe things that you are good at. You develop skills through school, work, personal life and volunteer work. Employers look for specific skill sets for different occupations; some skills like dependability, communication and problem solving are needed in every job. Skills assessments are valuable tools in helping you identify the skills you already have as well as the skills an employer will be looking for in a specific career. Knowing your skills is particularly helpful when exploring job opportunities and building a career path. Below are two tools to help you explore your skills: