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.
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.
A brief summary of what we covered in Section I.
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.
I will show you the Interest Profiler assessment, where and how to take it and what the results will look like.
I will show you the Self-directed Search (SDS) assessment, where and how to take it and what the results will look like.
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.
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.
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.
Use the O*Net to research occupations recommended for your highest work 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.
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.
Let's look at the role of work in people's life.
You will get to know the OOH to research occupational information.
We will summarize the content of this section and review the career choice-making process. You will complete the final exercises.
We''ll talk about unclear interest profiles, for example all high or all low interests.
We'll look at the difference between these two types of decision-making challenges.
I will present strategies you can use if you want to pursue a career that has not been recommended based on your assessment results.
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.