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1 The Career Development Process Step One: Self Assessment

2 The Career Assignment Center Pick a job, any job… Old Placement Center model YOU have a choice and YOU direct your career destiny!

3 What is the purpose of learning about your Values, Interests, Personality, and Skills? Values What really matters to you? Interests What ignites your passions? Personalities How do you like to interact with others? Skills What do you do well?

4 VIPS and World of Work How do these two overlap? –Types of jobs –Work environments –Skill requirements –Employment outlook –Nature of work –Salary –Educational requirements

5 Putting It Together V alues I nterests P ersonality S kills The World of Work

6 Career Development Process Life Long Journey Degrees and Careers Are they mutually exclusive? Think about your favorite classes or professors. (Think broadly, not just law!) Your journey is as unique as your fingerprint.

7 Career Decision Making Myths Something is wrong with me if I don’t know what I want yet. There is only ONE career for me. If I choose a career, I’ll be stuck with it forever. I’ve failed if I make a wrong choice. My first career will be right for my whole life. There is a test or an expert who can tell me what to do with the rest of my life.

8 Top Fears Not getting a job (I want) Job/career won’t make me happy Won’t feel/be qualified; lack skills Won’t be able to earn enough money Not being good enough Won’t meet expectations of family/friends

9 Career Decision Making Facts People differ in Values, Interests, Skills Each person is qualified for a number of occupations Work preferences and competencies change with time and experience

10 Young people hold and average of 9 jobs before the age of 35. On the average, a student leaving college today can be expected to have three to five CAREERS and ten to twelve JOBS during a work life that will last for 40/50 years.


12 Assessments Values Pay attention to yourself What are your peak experiences? How do you spend discretionary money? Whom do you admire? What reasons have driven your past decisions?

13 Values Pay attention to yourself! Job give away…HANDS UP!

14 Values - Job Give Away You will earn a yearly salary of $50,000 Your work environment will be inside a Federal building Your work schedule will include nights and some weekends You work will require some Spanish language ability You will have to pass a background check and substance abuse tests This position requires a commitment to indigent defense and a desire for trial experience You will be supervised by a boss in a large department Your work will require Bar Admission in New Mexico The Job?

15 Assistant Public Defender in New Mexico

16 Values Start to think in terms of what you value. You have a choice! Keep a list of your values, add to it often.

17 Daydream…

18 Close your eyes…

19 Daydream Your alarm clock goes off to let you know it is time to get up and go to work, what time do you want it to be? You go to your closet to get your clothes for work, what do you want to wear? You take a look around the place you are living…what does it look like? Are you living with anyone…your own place, spouse, roommate(s)? You look out the window, what do you want to see? You are ready to go to work…do you leave the house? If so, how do you get to work?…how long does it take? Do you work with a lot of people, a few people, or by yourself? Do you work inside, outside, or both? When your work is done, what time do you get home? Wake up from your daydream!

20 Sample Work Values AchievementCommunity AdventureExcitement Change/varietyFun CreativityIntellectual status Helping othersPrestige Time freedomRecognition IndependenceRelationships LeadershipSalary SecurityTravel

21 Interests Pay Attention to yourself! Strong Interest Inventory Assessment

22 R – THE DOERS - People who prefer to work in a hands-on environment with objects, machines, tools, plants, or animals or to be outdoors. I – THE THINKERS - People who like to observe, learn, investigate, analyze, evaluate, or solve problems. C – THE ORGANIZERS - People who like to work with information or data, organizing and carrying things out in detail to facilitate decision making. A – THE CREATORS - People who have artistic, innovating or performing interests and like to work in unstructured situations using their imagination or creativity. E – THE PERSUADERS - People who like to work with people influencing, persuading or performing or leading or managing for organizational goals or for economic gain. S – THE HELPERS - People who like to work with people – to inform, enlighten, help, train, develop or cure them, or are skilled with words.

23 Personality Pay attention to yourself! –What are your preferences? –How do you prefer to re-charge? –How do you perceive information? –How do you prefer to make decisions? –How do you prefer to deal with the outside world?

24 Skills Specialized knowledge Technical (computers, language) Adaptive (work ethic, professionalism) Transferable skills (legal analysis, writing) –Skills that can be applied to many job situations and transferred from your academic experience to your work experience.

25 Skills Pay attention to yourself! Ask others what you do well - faculty, colleagues, peers, etc. What do you do well or have a natural appetite for? What gives you strength? Just because you do something well does not mean you enjoy it!

26 Sample Skills SellSpeak in publicSynthesize MotivateAdvocateWrite TrainCoachMediate OperateRepairNegotiate ConstructDesignCoordinate ImproviseBudgetDelegate AnalyzeEvaluateListen

27 Assemble a Good for You File Save and archive artifacts that showcase your accomplishments –Top graded assignments/papers –Thank you notes, emails –Letters of recommendation –Awards, certificates, nominations –Activities and projects which reflect transferable skills

28 Once again, why VIPS? Research shows that… Values are the biggest predictor of career SATISFACTION Interests are the biggest predictor of CAREER CHOICE Skills are the biggest predictor of career SUCCESS Personality encompasses all!

29 Use the resources available to you… Office of Career & Professional Development OCPD staff Faculty Indiana Law Alumni Network

30 Career Development is a process… What will you do with it? Test drive, research, explore Network, network, network!

31 Celebrate your strengths… “Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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