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1 Getting Started: Discover Your Career Interests Presented by: Patty Dang, M.S. Career Development Services Counselor

2 Learning Outcomes Describe the three types of career assessments available to CI Students. Identify where you are in the 5 stages of the career development process. Analyze how your personality, skills, values and interests connect to your career development.

3 Agenda 5 Stages Non-linear process Stages recycle depending on the person Focus on self- discovery/explora tion Career Development Process What Are Career Assessments? How Do Assessments Help? Inventory your personality, values, skills and interests Personality Inventory (MBTI) Values (Eureka & Career Cruising) Skills (Eureka & Career Cruising Interests (Eureka & Career Cruising What do I like to do vs. what I’m good at Connect personality values, skills and interests into majors or careers Clarifies your decision-making process

4 Career Development Process Who Am I? What is important to me? What do I value more? Do my personal interests relate to careers? How do I get help? Self- Discovery Career Research Design Your Career Plan Experience Your Field Launch Your Career Career Exploration Understand multiple career pathways Review job descriptions Short-term goals? Meet with a Career Counselor Decision- Making Creating a timeline Internships Gain hands- on work experience and skills Relationship Building Job search strategies Proactive job search strategies Networking Update resume and cover letter Practice Mock Interviews Salary Negotiations

5 Self Discovery What is important to me in the world of work? How do my personality, values, interests, skills, match with my career interests? What is more valuable to me? Use Career Assessment to explore personality, values interests and skills What classes do I like? Speak with a Career Counselor or Academic Advisor

6 Career Research Conduct career exploration using multiple sources (bls.gov, eurkea, career cruising) Understand multiple career pathways (salary information, educational preparation, training, experience, and industry trends) Review job descriptions to improve your understanding of the skills and experience required by employers Request an informational interview with a professional related to your career interest

7 Career Planning Develop short-term and long-term goals Writing down goals and plans Work with a Career Counselor Narrow down to 3 specific job types or industries Creating a timeline (getting internship, completing resume & cover letter, prepare for mock-interview)

8 Experience Your Field Obtain a job or an internship related to your career interests Gain hands-on work experience and skills Build relationships with employers and mentors (faculty, career counselor, academic advisor, supervisor) Build job search strategies (networking, career workshops, employer panels, career fairs)

9 Launch Your Career Build and develop proactive job search strategies Continue to network with friends, family, faculty, staff, mentors, supervisors Continue to update resume and cover letter regularly (every few months) Practice Mock Interviews, Salary Negotiations, professional development, staying current on industry trends

10 Career Assessments Measures a person's individual traits, characteristics, motivational drives, needs, and attitudes Can address strengths and weaknesses Inventory of natural preferences Personality Inventory Interests Inventory Inventory your ability and skills Attempts to match your qualifications to careers What you enjoy doing, i.e. playing golf, taking long walks, hanging out with friends Connect personality values, skills and interests into majors or careers Inventory the things that are important to you, such as achievement, status, and autonomy Specific interest in the activities of the work itself Favorable conditions that accompany an occupational choice, such as physical setting, and earning potential Values Inventory Skills Inventory

11 Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Personality Type Inventory Helps you understand your natural inborn preferences Understanding your type will help you to determine if your career interests aligns with your personality Assists in understanding other types and learn to effectively communicate with others in a work setting

12 Eureka Assessments – Personality (True Colors) – Skills (Microskills) – Values/Interests (Occ-U-Sort) Resources – Graduate School Information – Career Planning – Scholarship Info

13 Career Cruising Assessments – Skills (My Skills, Ability Profiler) – Values/Interests (Career Matchmaker) Resources – Graduate School Information (Education & Training) – Career Planning (Explore Careers) – Scholarship Info (Education & Training/Financial Aid)

14 How do these assessments help? Understanding your personality, values skills and interests will help you… Decide if your career choice “fits” or aligns with you Match work environment with your personality, skills and interests Explore career pathways and conduct career research

15 How do these assessments help? The assessment results will assist in your Career Development Process by… Exploring your personality, values, skills and interests to recognize what is important to you, in the world of work Improving your chances of selecting a more fulfilling career that matches with your personality, values, skills and interests

16 How do these assessments help? The information is always relevant to your career because… You can adapt what you know about yourself to your work environment This information can help you maximize your potential strengths and help you become aware of some of your weaknesses It will help you learn how to communicate your preferences and abilities to your supervisor and colleagues

17 Career Development Services: WebsiteWebsite Career Steps on CDS Website: Career StepsCareer Steps 4-year Career Compass Guide: Career CompassCareer Compass Detailed Listing of Workshops & Events: ScheduleSchedule Exploring Majors: College Majors 101, Myplan,College Majors 101Myplan What Can I Do With My Major Resources to help you …

18 Getting Started: Discover Your Career Interests Survey Thank You!

19 Questions? Please feel free to come by the Career Center for Drop-in Counseling held every Thursday at 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. from September 13, 2012 – November 29, 2012 Amanda Carpenter, M.S. Coordinator of Career Development Services & Henry L. "Hank" Lacayo Institute Internship Program California State University Channel Islands Bell Tower 1527 (805) (office) Career Development Center California State University Channel Islands Bell Tower 1548 (805) (office) (805) (fax) Patty Dang Career Development Services Counselor California State University Channel Islands Bell Tower 1548 (805) (office) (805) (fax)


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