Find a career that fits
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Find a career that fits

Using professional psychological tests to make the right career choice.
3.9 (43 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.
2,916 students enrolled
Created by Skye Lisman
Last updated 5/2016
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 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
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Requirements
  • 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.
Description

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
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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.

Introduction
03:12

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

Course Approach And Content Overview
07:50

A brief summary of what we covered in Section I. 

Summary
00:21
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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. 

Introduction
06:36

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

The RIASEC or Holland Model
05:44

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

Interest Profiler
05:30

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
06:29

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
04:25

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
06:00

Summary
00:26
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Putting It All Together
5 Lectures 21:09

I will explain what I mean by "combine". 

Introduction
02:31

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

O*Net: Interests
08:46

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

O*Net: Values
02:05

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
04:21

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. 

Summary
03:26
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Understanding Occupations
3 Lectures 22:19

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

Why we work?
05:42

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

Outlook Occupational Handbook
12:05

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

Summary
04:32
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Problems
4 Lectures 08:30

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

'Weird interest profile'
03:55

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

Undecidedness versus indecision
02:15

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
02:00

Course Summary
00:20
About the Instructor
Skye Lisman
3.9 Average rating
43 Reviews
2,916 Students
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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.