Career Tool to Motivate and Inspire

Motivational & Inspirational Career Guide

 

The Motivational and Inspirational Career Guide shows that we are in a race to reach our career goals. 

The guide is a step-by-step tool to explore 3 steps in the career planning process.

The guide motivates you to let you know that -

  1. You are special and unique.
  2. You are reaching to obtain a specific destiny, purpose, calling, or occupation.

Motivational and Inspirational Career Planning

 

The guide has step-by-step tools to explore the steps in the career planning process.

Before beginning your journey,

  • Read Inspirational Principles.
  • Look over the Inspirational Career Keys.
  • Download the Inspirational Guide.

Step One – Awareness, Knowledge, and Assessment

You can use the guide with a variety of assessments.

You will gain insight into your interests, abilities, skills, and values.

 

Step Two – Exploration, Problem Solving, and Goal Setting

You will perform occupational research -

  • Identifying potential careers
  • Narrowing career options
  • Researching training options
  • Determining training program – college, university, or apprenticeship

Step Three – Career Planning

You will put what you know into action -

  • Conducting information interview
  • Completing career shadowing
  • Executing a job search strategies
  • Writing resume
  • Practicing interview techniques
  • Participating in internship / volunteer experience

The guide is a step-by-step tool to explore careers and college majors.

  • Use the course to pinpoint interests, abilities, skills, talents, and values.
  • Discover who you really are and understand your likes, dislikes, and interests.
  • Match your likes, interests, skills, and personality styles to careers.
  • Find training programs that are a match to the careers that they are interested.
  • Motivate you as you explore careers and college majors.
  • Succeed in planning a career.

The Motivational and Inspirational Career Guide has 2 sections –

  • Awareness, Assessment, and Knowledge Guide
  • Guide to Career Exploration and Planning

Awareness, Assessment, and Knowledge Parent, Teacher, and Adult Guide outlines the process of selecting a career assessment.  The selection process includes –

  • Introduction to Career Planning
  • Steps to Self Awareness
  • Tools To Assess Self Awareness
  • Selection of a Career Assessment or Test
  • Career Test Checklist

 

Guide to Career Exploration and Planning

The Guide to Career Exploration and Planning is for teens or adults who
need a manual that will guide them through the steps of career planning
process.

The topics included in the Guide are -

  • Career Planning Map
  • Self-Analysis, Self Awareness, or Self Assessment
  • Career Exploration Tools
  • College Major Exploration Tools

Career exploration tools provide the following information –

  • Overview
  • Skills
  • Values
  • Outlook
  • Earning
  • Interest Profile
  • Working Conditions
  • Contact Info
  • Areas of Study

College exploration resources lists the following facts –

  • Location of School
  • Majors Areas of Study
  • Name of School
  • Size and Cost
  • Region in the USA
  • Type of School

The Motivational and Inspirational Career Guide is a digital course that is available 24/7.  You get access to downloads, videos, and web site.

Infographic

Here is an infographic to give an overview of the Motivational and Inspirational Career Guide.

 

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Read more about the Motivational and Inspirational Career Guide.

Find your place in the job search cycle!

Find your place in the job search cycle! http://ow.ly/wYb5o

Job Search Made Simple!

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There are three steps in achieving career goals and searching for a job.

Step One: Get a Clear Career Goal

The first step in search for a job is setting a career goal.

In order to set a career goal, you have to take inventory of yourself to determine what you can offer an employer.

You need to –

  • Build awareness, knowledge and understanding of our strengths, interests, abilities, and skills
  • List your ambitions, values, education, and experiences
  • Determine your job preferences –job duties, salary, geographic location, and work conditions

Step Two: Explore Career Options

In order to identify potential careers, you may use career exploration and social media resources to gather the following occupational information –

  • Labor market
  • Work industries
  • Companies, organizations, or agencies
  • Specific careers

Use online career exploration resources to identify potential careers.

Step Three: Overcome Career Roadblocks

When you are trying to reach a career goal, there will always be obstacles.  You solve career problems by completing the following steps –

  • Identify educational and career planning obstacles
  • Create solutions or courses of action
  • Set achievable goals
  • Resolve conflicts
  • Commit to reach our goals

Problem solving should take into consideration personal interests, skills, values, and financial resources. Big problems are broken down into smaller, more manageable steps. Achievable goals result in the production of new competencies, attitudes, and solutions.

As an individual, you:

  • Set, formulate, prioritize, and rank goals
  • Clearly state our vocational interests, abilities, and values
  • Derive plans or strategies to implement the solutions
  • Make a commitment to complete the plans
  • Understand decision-making processes
  • Evaluate the primary choice
  • Consider a secondary occupational choice, if necessary

Decision-making processes include:

  • Develop a career plan
  • Identify a potential occupations
  • Selecting appropriate educational programs
  • Figuring the costs of educational training
  • Considering the impact of career decisions.

Step Four: Execution

You execute your career plans when you use different strategies –

  • Reality testing
  • Social Media
  • Job Search Strategies – Resume Writing and Interview Preparation

Reality Testing

While implementing and, you translate vocational interests, abilities, and skills into job opportunities. You do reality testing by implementing the following strategies –

Informational interviewing

  • Networking
  • Job shadowing
  • Internships
  • Part-time employment
  • Full-time employment
  • Volunteer work

Social Media and Networking Tools

Networking can help you complete targeted job searches.  You can use a variety of social media tools to learn and connect with professional associations and potential employers. Three major networking social media tools are –

  • Twitter
  • Linkedin
  • Facebook

Resume Writing and Interviewing Strategies

Resume writing and interview preparation are essential skills needed to land a potential job.

Resumes

Your resume is your sales tool that lets employers know your strengths, interests, experience, and educational background.
The appearance of your resume is extremely important.  Check the appearance of your resume – your font, spelling, spacing, margins.  In a resume, you will highlight your skills that make you unique and set you apart from others.  Common areas covered in a resume are –

  • Objective (optional)
  • Skills
  • Education
  • Honors/ Awards
  • Experience
  • Volunteer Experience (if relevant to the potential job)

Types of resumes are –

  • Chronological – listing experiences in reverse chronological order
  • Functional – emphasizing specific skills

Interviewing

There are steps to prepare for a successful interview -

  • Review common interview questions
  • Prepare for behavior or STAR interviews
  • Practice – Practice is essential for a successful interview.
  • Dress for success

Interested in more comprehensive career inventories.  The Job Search Made Simple course is used in conjunction with Holland Codes career tests -

 Use the following tools to select the right career assessment.  The selection process includes:

To access the course, join the Holland Codes Resource Center network.

Join the Career Explorers Network!

Collaborating with Teachers, Counselors, Career Professionals, Parents, and Students

 

The Career Explorers Network is a meeting place for teachers, counselors, career professionals, parents, and students that use social media and MOOCs.  The network will create a collaborative environment to exchange educational and career development ideas and resources.

To connect and communicate with the Career Explorers Network, use your favorite social media tool.

****Please use the hashtag #careerexplorer.  A hash tag is simply a way to help us view your messages.

Blogger – http://hollandcodes.blogspot.com/2013/12/what-are-moocs.html

Igroops – http://bit.ly/1kXGBtX

WordPress – http://hollandcodes.wordpress.com/2013/12/26/mooc/

****Please use hashtag #careerexplorer.

****Please use hashtag #careerexplorer.

  • Google

Web site – https://sites.google.com/site/careerexplorernetwork/homeGroup – https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/career-explorers-network

  • Linkedin –

http://ww.linkedin.com/in/drmaryaskew/
Career Explorers Network – http://linkd.in/1dQCjPQ

****Please use hashtag #careerexplorer.

Using career awareness, digital learning, and social resources, students and adults will -

  • Know and value self
  • Build self-esteem and confidence
  • Identify interests, abilities, and skills
  • Build relationships between the school environment and the work force
  • Build academic, communication, problem solving, and social skills
  • Increase awareness of the need for future jobs skills
  • See the connections between learning in school, academic skills, job related skills, and careers
  • See career possibilities
  • See themselves as a future contributor to the job force
  • Build a connection between interests and potential careers

Teachers, counselors, career professionals, and parents -

  • Share career awareness, career education, and career development resources
  • Help prepare students to compete in global, knowledge based, innovation centered economy
  • Get answers to career topics

Teachers, counselors, career professionals, and parents -

  • Share career awareness, career education, and career development resources
  • Help prepare students to compete in global, knowledge based, innovation centered economy
  • Ask questions about career topics

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Social Media and MOOCs

Implications for Teachers, Counselors and Career Professionals

The World of Massive Online Courses

Source: OnlineColleges.net

Social Media and MOOCs – Tools to Engage Students

Current media trends are demanding the adoption of new educational and career technological shifts adopting the use of social media and MOOCs.  Social media and MOOCs are available for everyone –

  • Those inclined to use various types of media technology
  • Watch online videos
  • Visit social networking/blog sites
  • Own tablets
  • Use smartphones

MOOCs are newly developed resources and techniques will revolutionize career advising programs.

MOOCs –

  • Adopt innovative, creative, and effective technological strategies to engage encourage, support, and empower students
  • Promote social media, collaboration, group learning, problem solving, interactive learning, and other inventive techniques (D. Roberts, 2012 and S. Gonvalves, 2006)
  • Address independent learning, diversity training, and critical thinking

MOOCs are excellent resources to meet the needs of ethnically diverse, achieving, expressive, liberal, technological, community-oriented, connected, optimistic, yet pressured and impatient students.

Watch the Youtube video about MOOCs…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eW3gMGqcZQc

Next, learn more about MOOCs?

Destiny Development for All Ages

At the Holland Codes Kids and Purpose Development Zone, you will learn many different things.
  1. First, you will learn about yourself.  What are your interests and skills?
  2. You will learn about careers.
  3. Careers come in groups.  These groups are called Holland Codes.
  4. There are six different career groups -
  • Realistic
  • Investigative
  • Artistic
  • Social
  • Enterprising
  • Conventional

We will use fun activities to explore careers -

View the Holland Codes for Kids video.

Teacher’s Notes

Holland Codes for Kids Program Components

The Holland Codes for Kids Program has the following components –

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Each item is described in the different modules.

Order Destiny Development Program…

Self Directed Search Revised! Awesome Assessment Tool!

The Self Directed Search is one of the most respected and widely used career planning instrument in the world.

The NEW fifth edition of the SDS is designed to help clients learn about themselves and their career options. Whether they are college students choosing a major, veterans entering the civilian job market, or adults pursuing a career change, clients can use the SDS to learn more about occupations that match their interests, abilities, and personalities.

Like its predecessors, the SDS 5th Edition is based on John Holland’s theory that both people and work environments can be classified according to six basic types: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. These personality types are known collectively as the Holland RIASEC model. The SDS asks questions about the individual’s aspirations, activities, competencies, and level of interest in different occupations. From the responses, the SDS generates a three-letter Summary Code, which can be used to help the individual find his or her educational and occupational matches.

This  easy-to-use, comprehensive career exploration tool asks questions about the individual’s aspirations, activities, competencies, occupations, and other self-estimates. The resulting three-letter Summary Code, which designates the three personality types an individual most closely resembles, can then be used to help the individual find his or her occupational match.

Features and benefits

  • Applies to all stages of life. The components of the SDS 5th Edition can be used together for educational planning and career development, as well as leisure and retirement planning.
  • Includes brand-new normative data. Normative data were derived from a nationally representative sample of 1,739 students and adults.
  • Is well studied and psychometrically sound. The SDS is one of the most thoroughly studied career assessment tools: the SDS results has been used in more than 1,500 studies.
  • Sets the standard for career assessment. Used by more than 35 million people worldwide, the SDS was originally written by John Holland, the creator of the popular RIASEC theory of vocational personality.
  • Uses a continually updated occupations resource. SDS Summary Codes are linked to occupations found in the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) database, a major occupational site used by consumers and professionals.
  • The New! The Occupations Finder-Revised Edition has a list of 1,309 occupations matched to Holland Codes.

Self Directed Search has the following assessments and Finders -

Source: PAR 2013