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Copy of Career Development & Decision Making

CDM, Choose Your Major
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Stephanie Allen, M.Ed.

on 19 September 2013

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Transcript of Copy of Career Development & Decision Making

Career & Transfer Center
CA-105
www.nvcc.edu/curent-students/career-services
Stephanie Allen, Career Counselor

Career Development and Decision Making
SELF ASSESSMENT
INDUSTRY RESEARCH
JOB SEARCH
Career Management
continuous cycle of reassessing your career
enhance and develop new skill sets to stay competitive in today's job market
adapt to 21st century world of work
FOCUS /
PREPARATION
Strong Interest Inventory: identifies careers related to interests
Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI): identifies personality type and preferences
FOCUS 2: identifies college majors from work interests, personality, values, skills and leisure interests assessments
Career Development Model
An individual’s work and leisure pursuits that take place over his/her lifespan.
How individuals see themselves in relation to what they do.
Career
refers to lifetime pursuits of an individual.

What is a "Career"?
Occupations
refers to...

Values
Know what you "must have".

What’s worth spending 40 hours a week working on?
What do you want to be remembered for?
What are your life style requirements?
Most people who are in occupations that are compatible with their values feel successful.

Typically people complain that "something is missing" from their jobs when they are not respecting/considering their values.

Some values will change over time as priorities shift.

Interests
Interests are the best predictor of career satisfaction.

What do you naturally want to know more about, or get more involved in?

Imagine what your ideal work day would look like:
Do you want to spend the majority of your time helping people one-on-one?
Would you rather help people on a more global level?
Do you want to create your own business or sell your product?

Most people feel fulfilled when they work with people who share similar interests, and are working toward a common goal.

Personality
Skills
Your personality defines your preference for characteristics of a specific work environment.
What are you naturally good at?
Don’t underestimate your skills.
Identifying strengths and weaknesses is helpful when choosing a major and a job that lets you shine.

You will excel in environments that are compatible with your personality, so consider and be honest about who you are now, as opposed to who you think you “should” be.
Skills are talents. Strengths are developed talents. A strength is the ability to provide consistent, near-perfect performance in a given activity. […]
strengths are produced when talents are refined with knowledge and skill. Investing oneself

— one’s talents, time, and treasures — into becoming the person one desires
and chooses to become.
--Clifton and Anderson, StrengthsFinder
Look for…
Qualifications, education & training
Market demand
Salary
Career ladders and related careers
Local conditions
Best way to find out about a career (or major) is to talk to someone who’s in it!
Good idea to talk with several people.
Informational interviewing is different than other “interviews”.
You select people with whom you wish to talk with.
You initiate meeting.
You are in charge: asking questions, guiding flow.

Start in the Career Resource Room (CRR)
Internet: easiest way to get tons of information
bls.gov onetonline.org social media
You have already started the process:
personality
values
interests
skills
Job Shadowing
Volunteer opportunities
Internships
Summer jobs
Part-time work
Campus organizations
(Office of Student Life)
Take initiative to gain
Source: 2013 PwC NextGen Study
value work/life balance
occasionally work from home
What is important to employees?
JOB SATISFACTION
target resume &
cover letter
develop personal brand
build network
interviewing
Pinterest Twitter Facebook
Blogs Instagram LinkedIn
First step to building your network!
flexibility with work hours
Globalization
Competition
Outsourcing
Technology
Automation
Digitalization

Sustainability
Scarcity
Environment
JOB GIVEAWAY Activity
Career:
off-shore
oil rig drill worker
jobs found in different organizations.
Your job involves working with people
Your job is adventurous
You will have your food, board, laundry, and traveling expenses paid for
You will have a rotation of working 14 days, then have 21 days off
Your starting salary typically is $55,000 per year

Your work will be physically demanding
You may see protestors every day
You will have an ocean view
Remain standing as long as you are interested in job
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