Find a career that fits
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Find a career that fits

Using professional psychological tests to make the right career choice.
3.7 (46 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
2,953 students enrolled
Created by Skye Lisman
Last updated 5/2016
Price: Free
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the role of interests and work values in making career choices
  • Take professional psychological career assessments
  • Create a list of great fit occupations based on individual assessment results
  • Know where and how to research occupational information such as tasks, preparation and future outlook
View Curriculum
  • Watch Section I for the introduction. I recommend having access to a printer to print the workbook and your assessment results. You can complete the assessments for free. However, there is one paid assessment, which is optional, that costs just under 10USD and can be paid via PayPal or credit card.

This course will help you choose the right career for yourself. Research has found that choosing a career that is a good fit for you will lead to higher work satisfaction, higher work performance and a greater likelihood of staying in that career. 

During this course you will complete use the "Interest Profiler" (free) or the "Self-Directed Search" (10USD) to assess your work interests and the "Work Importance Profiler" (free) to assess your strongest work values. All of these assessments are professionally developed and regularly used by career counselors such as myself. 

While these assessments are available for you to use right now without taking this course, I have found that people often have difficulties navigating the information and assessments on their own and reaping the full benefits of results. And since not everyone, for a number of different reasons, is able to work with a career counselor, I wanted to share what I consider to be the most useful professional information and tools out there that will get you much closer to making a good carer choice. 

After completing your assessments, I will guide you through creating your personal list of occupations that would be a great fit and will then show you ways to research more about these occupations, so that you can gradually narrow your options down until you are able to make a choice. 

To complete both assessments and do the occupation research, you should allow a minimum of two or three afternoons to complete this course and to let the new insights you will be gaining 'sink in'. 

The videos are either voice-over presentations or screencasts, where I will show you how to navigate several websites. 

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is aimed at young adults trying to choose a career. The typical student would be in High School, College or would recently have graduated. Geographically, it is most suited for students from the United States, since the psychometric assessments have been developed for that clientele. This course is not aimed at experienced career changers.
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Curriculum For This Course
22 Lectures
How And Why To Take This Course
3 Lectures 11:23

We will cover what may have brought you to this course and what I intend to do to help.


I will introduce you to the course approach, go over the content and you will complete your first exercise.  

Course Approach And Content Overview

A brief summary of what we covered in Section I. 

Understand Yourself: Interests & Work Values
7 Lectures 35:10

We will talk about Person Environment Fit and I will give you some test taking tips. 


We will look at the RIASEC Model (also called Holland model) to understand work interests. 

The RIASEC or Holland Model

I will show you the Interest Profiler assessment, where and how to take it and what the results will look like. 

Interest Profiler

I will show you the Self-directed Search (SDS) assessment, where and how to take it and what the results will look like. 

Self-Directed Search

We'll look at the differences and similarities between the Interest Profiler and the Self-Directed Search. As part of the exercises, you will pick one of the assessments and complete it yourself. 

Interests Assessments: Differences and Similarities

I will introduce you to the concept of work values and show you around the Work Importance Profiler assessment, which you will complete as part of the exercises. 

Work Values

Putting It All Together
5 Lectures 21:09

I will explain what I mean by "combine". 


I will take you on tour of the O*Net website where you will research occupations based on your interests. 

O*Net: Interests

Use the O*Net to research occupations recommended for your highest work values. 

O*Net: Values

In this last lecture on O*Net, you will integrate your assessment results and begin to create your own list of good fit occupations. 

O*Net: Combine Interests and Work Values

Let's close this section with a quick summary and a look at the exercises for this section that will let you apply what you have learned. 

Understanding Occupations
3 Lectures 22:19

Let's look at the role of work in people's life. 

Why we work?

You will get to know the OOH to research occupational information. 

Outlook Occupational Handbook

We will summarize the content of this section and review the career choice-making process. You will complete the final exercises. 

4 Lectures 08:30

We''ll talk about unclear interest profiles, for example all high or all low interests. 

'Weird interest profile'

We'll look at the difference between these two types of decision-making challenges. 

Undecidedness versus indecision

I will present strategies you can use if you want to pursue a career that has not been recommended based on your assessment results. 

Your dream career is not suggested

Course Summary
About the Instructor
Skye Lisman
3.7 Average rating
46 Reviews
2,953 Students
1 Course

I am Skye Lisman. I have worked in career counseling, psychometric testing and human resources for more than five years - both employed and self-employed. My other background is in mental health and addiction recovery nursing. I was born and raised in Germany and completed nursing school as well as my Master’s degree in industrial / organizational psychology (also called occupational psychology) there. Since 2009 I have been living and working in the Pacific Northwest.