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1 Choose a Career-Unit 1  4.1 Get to know yourself

2 4.1 Get to know yourself Goals:  Describe life and work values that you hold.  Identify interests, aptitudes and personality traits that might influence your career choice.

3 Get to know yourself Key Terms:  personal interest  aptitude  skill  transferable skill  personality

4 What are values?  Your principles – standards you live by. What are the two types of values?  Life values  Work values

5 Life Values  The most important principles in your life.

6 Work Values  The principles that are most important to you in your work.

7 Life and Work Values  Income and wealth  Security  Independence  Physical risk  Recognition  Creativity  Personal growth  Family  Community  Location

8 Life and Work Values- a closer look.  Income and wealth:  How much money is enough for you? How high a priority do you put on wealth?  Security:  Do you want the security of keeping the same job for many years? Would you rather change jobs and do new things throughout your work life?  Independence:  Is it important to you to be able to choose how you do your job? Or would you rather have a set of company rules to follow when working?

9 Life and Work Values cont…….  Physical Risk:  Would you take a job with little physical risk, or do you like adventurous jobs that require you to take a chance?  Recognition:  How important is gaining other people’s respect?  Creativity:  How important is developing new ideas and ways of doing things?

10 Life and Work Values-almost done....  Personal Growth:  Do you prefer jobs that give you an opportunity to gain additional skills, training, or education? Or would you rather become the best you can be in the skills required in one job?  Family:  How important is it to have regular time with your family? Would you stay close to your family or establish your life elsewhere?  Community:  How important is sharing time with other members of your community?

11 Life and Work Values-last one….  Location:  How important is the place where you live? If you could live anywhere, where would you choose? What locations would you avoid?

12 Key Question Why is understanding your values important to career planning? To be a good choice, a career must closely fit with your life and work values. When your career matches your values you are likely to be happier in your work.

13 Rank your Life & Work Values  Take 5 minutes to rank the life and work values 1-10 (1 being the most important value to you and 10 being the least important).  Do you think you will be able to find the perfect career that reaches all of your most important life & work values?  Life is full of TRADE-OFFS

14 Interests, Aptitudes & Personality Suppose you accept a job when you are 18 and work 40 hours a week until you are 67. If you do, you will work more than 100,000 hours! This is a long time to do something that doesn’t interest you. You will be happier if you choose a career doing something you enjoy!

15 Interests  Personal interests are activities you find rewarding over an extended period of time.  What is the best way to determine your interests?  To identify things you do that hold your attention  What interests you?? L ist 5 of your favorite personal interests.

16 Aptitudes  Your interests made lead you toward particular careers, but success in a career requires aptitudes and skills!  Define Aptitude?  An aptitude is a natural talent for learning some skills over others.

17 5 Types of Aptitudes  Verbal aptitude: is the ability to write in a clear and interesting manner and to explain ideas so that others can understand them  Numerical aptitude: is the ability to work with numbers quickly and accurately.  Spatial aptitude: is the ability to “see” what something will look like from a verbal description, a flat drawing or photograph.  Manual dexterity: is the ability to fix and build things and to do other physical work.  Physical coordination: is the ability to execute precise muscle movements.

18 Aptitudes  Everyone has different aptitudes, you just have to figure out yours are! WWhy is it important to identify your aptitudes? Success in a career requires developing an aptitude into skills.

19 Turning Aptitudes into Skills  A skill is an aptitude developed through training and experience. EExample: Mrs. Whelan  Example : Jodi Piccoult InterestAptitudeSkillCareer SportsPhysical Coordination HS & College Basketball Player (years of practice) Basketball Coach AptitudeInterestSkillCareer VerbalReading & writingYears of education English degree Author

20 Transferable Skills  A transferable skill is a skill that allows you to complete specific tasks in various careers.  People are generally more successful if they develop transferable skills.  Example: Transferable Skill Career #1Career #2Career #3 Learning to write well LawyerBusiness ManagerPolice Officer

21 Have you ever met two people who are exactly alike? What makes them different? Personality Your personality is the blend of qualities that defines you as an individual based on what you think, feel and believe.

22 Personality types Personality Type DescriptionSuccessful career options Realistic people Like to know what’s really going on around them. They like to know what is true, even if the truth is unpleasant. They make lists and put people, events and objects into groups. Investigative people Like to know why things happen. They enjoy gathering information to find solutions. Creative people Like to be involved in free, unrestricted activities. They like an atmosphere free of rules so they can be inventive.

23 Personality types cont…… Personality Type DescriptionSuccessful career options Social people Like to work with other people and prefer group activities over solitary activities. Enterprising people Like to lead and direct others in achieving a goal. They enjoy taking risks and like to develop plans to carry them out. They often use leadership skills to gain success and public approval.

24 Career Planning Summary What are the 5 factors to consider about yourself when planning a career? 1. Values 2. Interests 3. Aptitudes 4. Skills 5. Personality


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