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3 Questions You’re Not Asking That Will Guide Your Career Choice.

Brad Minton, MS, LPC, NCC

Career and Academic Counselor, Instructor, Speaker

Reproduced with permission from author

Minton, B. (2016, September 9).3 Questions You’re Not Asking That Will Guide Your Career Choice. Retrieved from https://www.linkedin.com

Working with teenagers and young adults everyday who are coming to college is extremely rewarding, and educational to say the least. Being a career counselor, I have the task of helping students discover their education and career path. The one thing that I have come to discover in the process of helping them is their ideas about career are usually fairly vague.

That in and of itself is not the issue.  Most experts agree that as many as half of all college freshman have not solidified their major and/or career choice, and 75% will end up changing their path as they work towards their degree. Uncertainty is a completely understandable and expected aspect of being a new college student.

However, over time, eventually students will start attempting to gain more clarity on their vision for the future and it is here where the problems arise. Generally the first mistake they make is simply choosing a major or career path too hastily, rather than doing the necessary self-exploration. They feel compelled to simply “choose one”, and unfortunately, it is this rush to decision that leads so many to change their majors two and three times before graduation. They simply didn’t understand what they were getting into.

If they are in fact, taking some valuable time to process their decisions, they still can falter and get off track. How? By simply asking themselves the wrong questions.

Because we tend to associate our work and our careers with time spent (roughly a third of our adult life), one of the first questions students tend to ask is “Will I like what I’m doing?”, or “Will I have an interest in it?”. While interest is absolutely a necessary ingredient to career satisfaction, the question that needs to be asked is “Will this career give me fulfillment?“. You can have interest in a lot of things but they may not fulfill you in a career unless you find the modality which allows you to combine both your interests and your values. Values are the key ingredient which most closely leads to fulfillment because they speak to your soul. They are characteristics of you that cannot be easily negotiated. Interests and values can conflict. If I have a value for autonomy and an interest in computers, I could end up feeling restricted because it may not give me the independence I need depending on the type of work and setting. So again, the deeper question is not what is just going to interest me, but what is going to fulfill me.

A second question students ask themselves often is “What do I want to do?”. The reason this question is often not going to provide as much substance to their career choices is that is focuses more on activities rather than purpose. You can give anyone tasks to complete and they will do it……for a period of time. Eventually, the question will arise of why does it matter? Knowing what to do, works in the short term, but knowing why will ultimately make it last, because the why determines the level of investment by giving the activities a purpose. The key question that students must get to is “Why do I want to do…?”

The third question that tends to come up a lot is “What do I want to get?”. Students are focused in on the perks of working: salary, vacations, retirement, advancement, independence, etc. The main reason why this is of less importance is simply because all of those things will change with time and location. How much money you think you should be earning will change as you advance. Technology will ultimately change how you work. Your level of advancement will change. You’re colleagues will change. Everything in the labor market is moving at a tremendous speed and constantly evolving, thus whatever monetary gain you get from it, is subject to the same. The deeper question you have to ask is not what I want to get, but “What do I want to give?“.

By asking yourself this vital question it ties into your fulfillment AND purpose on the deepest level of all. Giving is the ultimate sacrifice, and when we decide to give, we make the resolution that it is for a higher purpose than ourselves. What you choose to give the world is your way of making your unique mark which builds you up, plus it will provide you with more satisfaction than anything you could get, because you’ve fully committed to the purpose that fulfills you.

Additional note:  We hope that you enjoyed Brad Minton’s article.  Get more information about career exploration tools!

Time for Positive Change!

Summer is a time for Reflection, Growth and Renewal

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 Take the time to reevaluate where you are and what you are doing.

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What are your interests, abilities and skills?

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Do those interests, abilities and skills match your current job?

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If not, is it time to make a change? What are your plans to reach your career goals?

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Trying to make a decision, but there are so many choices.

We are providing you with information about the top 5 career tests .  All of these resources will help –

  • Build awareness of the interests, abilities and skills.
  • Provide resources to explore careers. Learn about salaries, job duties, job outlook, training requirements, and more.
  • Research colleges to find our information about admission requirements, available programs, tuition, learning options (on-camous or online), payment options, scholarships, and more.

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MBTI®

  • Format: On-Line
  • Reading Level: Youth/ Adult/ Children
  • Subject Area: Personality Styles, Occupations

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My Career Profile

  • Format: On-Line
  • Reading Level: Youth/ Adult/ Children
  • Subject Area: Holland Codes, Interests, Abilities/Skills, Values
  • Databases: Occupations and Colleges/ Universities

 

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Self Directed Search

  • Format: Printed/On-Line
  • Reading Level: Youth/ Adult/ Children
  • Subject Area: Holland Codes, Interests, Occupations

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Strong Interest Inventory®

  • Format: On-Line
  • Reading Level: Youth/ Adult/ Children
  • Subject Area: Holland Codes, Interests, Occupations

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Career Decision Making Tool

  • Format: On-Line
  • Reading Level: High school student, college student, adult
  • Subject Area: Holland Codes, Interests, Occupations
  • Databases: Occupations and Colleges/ Universities
  • Best Buy:  Immediate access, customizable, comparable to more expensive inventories

 

We are here to help you at explorecareersandcollegemajors.com!

Time to look at new job opportunities!

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In life, there are so many decisions and options.  That, we struggle to decide if we are making the right choices.

We get input from professionals, family, friends and coworkers.  But, we are still no convinced that we have the right answers.

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We ask if we are we setting the right goals!

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Since we live busy lives, we are looking for tools are easy to use and inexpensive – saving time and money.

Looking for Immediate Answers

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 It would be great to get instant answers.  However, searching for the right job is a journey – a process.

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 Yet, tools make the journey easier.

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We have an easy-to-use program divides the process into three steps –

  • Knowing yourself
  • Learning about careers
  • Deciding the right training program

The tools provide you with all of the answers that you need to successfully decide on a job.

Once you purchase, you get immediate access to the program.

The program has all of the resources that you need to make the correct decisions.

The program is on-line making it available at any time.

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Career Resources for Homeschool Students

We have two all-in-one career exploration guidance programs for homeschool students –

  • Kuder Career Guidance System
  • My Career Profile

Kuder Test Survey

As homeschool students, the Kuder Journey helps you:

  • Identify skills, interests, abilities, and values
  • Find a cluster of careers that match your skills, interests, abilities, and values
  • Prepare for post-secondary education
  • Highlight specific programs based on interests and skills
  • Focus on –
    • Specific career job descriptions
    • Job titles
    • General and detailed work activities
    • Specific tasks typical of the occupation
    • Working condition
    • Nature of the work
    • Important interests, abilities, skills, work values, and knowledge areas
    • Trends
    • Training
  • Get information on –
    • Major areas of instruction
    • Specific instructional programs
    • College and school results
    • General homeschool students campus and student body information
    • Types of instructions or programs offered
    • Degree or certificate types offered or awarded
    • Graduation rate
    • Homeschool student application and admission factors and costs
    • Homeschool student costs and financial aid
  • Search for jobs
  • Create resume
  • Build a portfolio or e-portfolio

For homeschool students, Kuder Journey has the following items –

  • 3 job career tests
  • College by major information
  • Career job finder
  • Career job descriptions
  • Career portfolio
  • Resume tutorial

Kuder Assessment

Kuder Test Survey Career Tests

The Kuder Test Survey has three career tests for homeschool students –

  • Career Search with Person Match
  • Skills Test
  • Super’s Work Values Inventory-Revised

Kuder Career Search with Person Match

Kuder Career Search with Person Match

The Kuder Career Search with Person Match is the Kuder General Interest Survey consisting of 60 questions.

The Kuder General Interest Survey report displays information on career cluster descriptions, and career profile database designed for homeschool students.

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Kuder Skills Test

The Kuder Skills Test is a self-estimate of one’s abilities to perform work-related tasks. Kuder Skills Test consists of 90 multiple choice questions.

The results of the Kuder Skills Test match the interests, skills, and career clusters.

Super’s Work Values Inventory

Super’s Work Values Inventory-Revised

The Super’s Work Values Inventory-Revised identifies which work characteristics are most important to the homeschool student test taker. The inventory consists of 72 multiple choice questions.

Super’s Work Values Inventory-Revised Report displays 12 work-related characteristics.

Kuder Composite Scores

Career Test Reports

All reports provide homeschool students with suggestions for continued career exploration. Links from the tests are used to explore occupational listings by education level within each of the clusters.

Combining Results from Kuder Career Tests

  • Kuder Test Survey Interests and Skills Composite Report – Once an individual completes both the interest and skills tests, a composite report compares the scores of the interests and skills tests. There are suggestions for further education and career exploration and planning. To view the composite report, click on the words Kuder Test Survey Interests and Skills Composite Report below the Kuder Test Results table.
  • One-Page Summary Report – This report contains an outline of the most recent results for tests that have been completed. Access this report by clicking on the title below the Kuder Test Results table.


Kuder Online Portfolios

The Kuder Online Career Portfolio provides a gateway to lifelong career planning that allows individuals to store personal and academic information; search and save educational and occupational data; build resumés; and access results 24 hours a day.

The System features include:

  • Education Planner – for planning coursework and tracking educational progress
  • Planning Timeline – for guiding education and career planning
  • Note Taker – for documenting the career development process
  • Occupation Search and Career Comparison – for career exploration by cluster, title, or Holland Code
  • College Major and Instructional Program Search – for learning more about a major as well as the postsecondary options within your state.
  • College Search and Comparison – for researching approximately 7,000 post-secondary colleges, universities, education training centers, and other institutions.
  • Financial Aid Information and Scholarship Search – for understanding your college financing options.
  • Resumé Builder – for creating and managing multiple resumés.

My Career Profile – A Holland Career Self Assessment Test

Product Overview

The My Career Profile (MCP) has 4 career tests, a career database, and an educational program database specially designed to homeschool students.

The 4 career tests assess interests, values, skills, and personality styles. Benefits of the MCP tests are that the MCP tests are reusable. You can redo the tests as many times as you like. With most other tests, it is usually one-time use only.

The MCP helps you develop a list of potential careers. The MCP test results are matched to a list of careers. The My Career Profile lists careers that match the interests, values, skills, and personality. Some other tests provide limited lists, but the My Career Profile provides an extensive career list from a database of 1200+ occupations. From this database, you will find your dream job.

After selecting your career, it is important that you find the right educational program. You can get a career by attending a certificate, 2 year, and 4 year educational programs. In the MCP educational program database, you can find careers that require the completion of a certificate, 2 year, and four year educational programs.

If you are looking for
careers in a specific geographic area, the MCP allow you the option to search by region or state.

Finally, since the cost of education is a factor, the MCP educational program database search education programs according to college or other training program costs.

MCP Main Menu
The My Career Profile Guidance System comes with a –

  • My Interests Inventory
  • My Values
    Inventory
  • My Skills Inventory
  • My Personality Inventory

Self-Analysis System

MCP Interest Inventory
1. My Interests Inventory

The My Interests Inventory generates a 3-letter Holland Codes and provides Interest Level Scores for the six (6) Holland Personality Types.

The Inventory provides a detailed description for each of the Holland Personality Types.

The Interests, Skills, Values, and Personality Inventories generate Occupational Lists.

You can access, review, and redo the Interests, Skills, Values, and Personality Inventories.

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Research a Career Tool

Use the Research a Career database to find information on 1200+ occupations. Each Occupational List provides information on –

  • Overview
  • Job
    duties
  • Skills
  • Values
  • Outlook
  • Earnings
  • Advancement
  • Working Conditions
  • Interest (Holland Codes) Scores
  • Areas of Study
  • Training or Educational Levels
  • School Search Tools

The Research a Career Tool allows you to research careers by name or Industry Group. The Industry Groups are –

  • Architecture &
    Engineering
  • Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media
  • Building and Ground Cleaning and Maintenance
  • Business and Financial Operations
  • Community and Social Services
  • Computer, Information Technology and Mathematics
  • Construction and Extraction
  • Education, Training and Library
  • Farming, Fishing, and Forestry
  • Food Preparation and Serving
  • Healthcare Practitioners and Technology
  • Healthcare Support
  • Installation, Maintenance, and Repair
  • Legal
  • Life, Physical, and Social Science
  • Management
  • Veterans/ Military
  • Office and Administrative Support
  • Personal Care and
    Service
  • Production
  • Protective Service
  • Sales and Related
  • Transportation and Materials
    Moving

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School Tool

The Interests, Skills, Values, and Personality Inventories generate School Lists. The School Tool obtains school from a database of 6000+ post-secondary institutions. The School Tool searches for schools according to the following criteria –

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

All career and school lists can be printed and saved for future reference.

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2. My Values Inventory

Find out the things that are important to you, for example –

  • Helping Society
  • Artistic Creativity
  • Helping Others
  • Independence
  • Prestige
  • Risk Taking
  • Stability
  • Working Outdoors

The My Values Inventory provides a detailed description for each of the Values.

The My Values Inventory matches occupations to your Values and generates Occupational Lists.

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3. My Skills Inventory

Know the things that you are good at, for example –

  • Communication Skills
  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Management Skills
  • Creative and Artistic Skills
  • Scientific Skills

The My Skills Inventory provides a detailed description for each of the Skills.

The My Skills Inventory matches occupations to your Skills and generates Occupational Lists.

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Christmas Sale on Job Career Tests

The following career tests are on sale –

Career and Life Explorer

Career and Life Explorer is a Holland Code assessment that uses:

  • Appealing graphics
  • Easy-to-follow instructions
  • Proven career exploration principles
  • Great information to get young people thinking about their future—and encourages them to stay in school, explore positive career and learning options, and dream big

Career and Life Explorer provides the following information:

  • Start with “Uncover Career Clues.”
  • Gather career information by looking at:
    • Who they admire
    • What they do well or enjoy doing
    • What are the key values
    • How important is money
    • What kinds of people they like to spend time with
    • How much education or training they would consider
    • What work environment they prefer, and more
  • Step 2: Select top picks from among six Holland Code “Interest Groups”
  • Step 3: Look up related jobs in a chart listing hundreds of job titles from the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
  • Step 4: Use a “Discover Your Ideal Job” to write in key elements of their ideal job, including:
    • Values
    • Possible job titles
    • Skills
    • Education or training
    • Earnings
    • Other details
  • Step 5: Use an Action Plan worksheet to help plan high school courses, extracurricular activities, and other life experiences.

Format: 5.5 x 8.5, 12-panel foldout
Reading Level: Grade 6
Interest Level: Grades 6 to 12

Regular Cost: $7 Sale Cost: $5

Career Exploration Inventory

Hollandcodes.com has information about the Career Exploration Inventory.

Career Exploration Inventory is a career interest inventory with career information and career planning information.The Career Exploration Inventory:

  • Is easy to read, self-scoring, self-interpreting
  • Gathers career information by looking at past, present, and future activities of your life. These areas include Work, Leisure, and Learning activities.
  • Helps you identify Clusters and GOE Interest Areas
  • Provides a list of related jobs in a chart listing hundreds of job titles, career salary, career research, and career information from the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
  • Provides additional career resources
  • Create an Action Plan
  • Help you set Short Term, Medium Term, and Long Term Goals

The Career Exploration Inventory:

  • Is backed by strong validity
  • Uses proven career exploration principles.
  • Directs cross-reference to GOE and O’Net job reference systems.

The Scores from the Career Exploration Inventory connect you to 16 GOE career interest areas or Career Clusters with:

  • Related jobs
  • Education and training options
  • Leisure activities listed for each interest area

Format: 8.5 x 11, 12-panel foldout, self-scoring/self-interpreting, consumable, no other components needed.
Interest Level: High School-Adult

With each Career Cluster/GOE purchase, you will receive with free Career Cluster, GOE Code, and Holland Code cross-reference and Internet resource sheets.

Regular Cost: $7 Sale Cost: $5

Career Personality Inventory Based on the MBTI personality types

The Career Personality Inventory is –

  • Self- scoring, self-interpreting, consumable, no other components needed
  • Comparable results to the MBTI
  • Match personality types to careers, work styles, skills, work environments, and work preferences with this easy-to-use assessment
  • Is based on the MBTI personality types

The CPI uses a simple and innovative testing method requiring test takers to –

  • Simply circle words that describe them
  • Total the number of descriptors circled

The CPI then helps users consider how their personality relates to their careers by focusing on their top two traits.

Users can match their personality types to careers and work preferences.

Clients then use the career planning guide and worksheet to set goals and start their career research.

Valid and reliable, the CPI provides a powerful and cost-effective alternative to any organization using similar but more expensive personality inventories.

Product type: Printed booklet
Interest level: Middle School-High School
Pages Opens to 8-panel foldout
Size: 8.5 x 11

Regular Cost: $7 Sale Cost: $5

Career Values Inventory

The O*NET Career Values Inventory helps individuals explore over 900 O*NET job titles based on their work values and motivators.

Unlike the first edition of the Values Inventory which used a card sort to explore work values, the new edition uses an easier forced-choice method.

Consisting of only 36 items and taking less than 20 minutes to complete, this method provides accurate results in less time, as well as simplifies administration and scoring.

Once individuals have identified their most important work values, the inventory guides them to match their results to potential careers organized by both values and the preparation required (using the DOL’s five “job zones”). In depth suggestions for further research help individuals explore those careers, and a reproducible Job Information/Action Plan worksheet helps them pursue their goals.

The inventory is self-scoring and self-interpreting, takes less than thirty minutes to complete, and is based on decades of research.

Valid and reliable, this assessment is an ideal starting point for anyone engaging in career exploration.

Its incorporation of O*NET job titles also makes it highly compatible with a wide variety of occupational resources.The O*NET is changing. The Department of Labor is revising and streamlining the Occupational Information Network to better match the rapidly changing economy.

The Second Edition of the O*NET Career Values Inventory has been substantially revised. In addition to moving from a card sort to a forced choice mechanic, it will feature streamlined instructions, an updated list of resources, an improved job information worksheet, and job titles drawn directly from the latest version of the O*NET.

Regular Cost: $7 Sale Cost: $5

PICS Career Survey

The PICS Career Survey is a Picture Interest Test and an easy-to-do Holland Code assessment that uses 36 sets of 3 pictures as a quick way to –

  • Explore their career interests
  • Find a job that fits

The PICS Career Survey is an excellent career test for ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS and for other people –

  • Who are In ESL/GED programs
  • Who have limited reading ability
  • Who have limited knowledge of English
  • Who are developmentally delayed
  • Who are learning disabled
  • Who have special needs
  • Who have limited access to education
  • Who are chronically unemployed

The PICS Interest Test

  • Takes less than fifteen minutes to complete and score
  • Uses pictures of people at work
  • Is self-administered and self-scored

To finish the Career Survey (PICS), you –

  • Look at 36 sets of 3 pictures.
  • Choose which of the three portrayed occupations seems most interesting.
  • Total the number and kind of pictures selected.

As bonuses, with each purchase, you receive the Career Locator and Career Planning Worksheet.

The Career Locator matches Holland Code interest areas to 600 careers. Careers are placed in one of the following groups – Careers that require Short Term On-the-Job-Training, Moderate Term On-the-Job-Training, Long Term On-the-Job-Training, Associate Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, Professional Degree, and Postsecondary Vocational Training.

On the Career Planning Worksheet, you record information about education required, projected earning, job outlook, skills, and next step.Regular Cost: $8 Sale Cost: $5

Paint Careers With Colors Kids Career Test & Color Key

The Paint Careers With Colors Kids Job Test uses self-by-step activities, career games for Kids, and kids activities for career choices to highlight Holland Codes or Colors to Careers Codes. On each page, you choose the careers that you like or are interested in.
At the end of the job test for kids, you summarize your results. The Summary Sheet identifies your Holland Codes or Colors to Careers Codes.

The Paint Careers With Colors Kids Career Test comes with a Colors to Careers Career Model and Colors to Careers Code or Holland Code Descriptions. The Paint Careers With Colors Child Career Test is an excellent tool to introduce you to career exploration, Holland Codes, and Colors to Careers Codes. The graphics hold your attention as you identify your career interests.

The Colors to Careers Color Chart shows all of the information listed on the posters –

  • Job Titles
  • Career Color Codes
  • 3 letter Holland Codes
  • Colors to Careers Poster Numbers

Regular Cost: $15 Sale Cost: $7.50

RIASEC Version

Transferable Skills (TS) Survey

The TS Survey is a researched and validated assessment. The TS Survey is a short assessment that identifies an individual’s strongest soft (TS) skills skills. The eight (8) soft (TS) skills Skills are:

  • Analytical
  • Numerical
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Physical
  • Informational
  • Communicative
  • Creative skills

The benefits of the TS Survey are –

  • Complete in 20-25 minutes
  • Is easy to use
  • Has color-coded design
  • Is Self-scoring and self-interpreting
  • Can be used as both a career exploration guide and a job search strategy tool
  • Includes suggested resources for career exploration as well as a worksheet for comparing possible careers
  • Includes job titles from the most recent O*NET database
  • Can be given to groups or individuals

The TS Survey has 5 sections –

  1. Mark Your Answers
  2. Add Your Scores
  3. Interpret Your Scores
  4. Identify Occupations that Match Your Skills
  5. Explore Occupations that Match Your Skills

Regular Cost: $7 Sale Cost: $5

Guide for Occupational Exploration Interest Inventory (GOEII)


Guide for Occupational Exploration Interest Inventory

  • Has appealing graphics
  • Is easy-to-follow instructions
  • Is self-scoring
  • Matches your Interests to 250 Occupational Outlook Handbook and 1,000 O*NET career jobs with career salary information, career research, and career information
  • Is organized around 14 GOE career interest areas

Guide for Occupational Exploration Interest Inventory provides the following information from the ORIGINAL GOE System presented in the Guide for Occupational Exploration (3rd Edition):

.Step 1: Start with the following “14 Interest Areas or Career Clusters”

  1. GOE Code 1: Arts, Entertainment, and Media
  2. GOE Code 2: Science, Math, Engineering
  3. GOE Code 3: Plants and Animals
  4. GOE Code 4: Law, Law Enforcement, and Public Security
  5. GOE Code 5: Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
  6. Construction, Mining and Drilling
  7. Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
  8. GOE Code 6: Industrial Production
  9. GOE Code 7: Business Detail
  10. GOE Code 8: Sales &Marketing
  11. GOE Code 9: Recreation, Travel and Other Personal Services
  12. GOE Code 10: Education and Social Services
  13. GOE Code 11: General Management and Support
  14. Medical and Health Science

Step 2: Complete Inventory.
Step 3: Score profile.
Step 4: Use the “14 Interest Areas or Career Clusters” to Explore Career Options.
Step 5: Complete the Career Exploration Worksheet.
Step 6: Research career options.

Reading Level: Grade 8
Interest Level: Middle School-Adult

Regular Cost: $7 Sale Cost: $5

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