Read to Learn. How to determine your values, interests, aptitudes, and abilities The importance of good self-concept in choosing a career How to identify your personality and learning styles and match them to career choices. Main Idea.
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Developing a good self-concept and using it to guide your career decisions will help you lead a rewarding, enjoyable life.
Considering your lifestyle goals will help you plan your future and choose a career.
the ways you want to spend your time, energy, and resources in the future
Questions to Ask Yourself
Your values define who you are, shape your attitudes and choices, and help you set priorities.
your beliefs and principles
Choosing a career that matches your values can help ensure that you will enjoy work.
People in Your Life
Influences on Your Values
If you decide that helping others is one of your values, your career choices may include librarian, teacher, and nurse’s aid.
Your interests are the things you enjoy doing.
You can discover what your interests are by trying new activities.
Make a list of your ten favorite activities and rank them in order of preference.
You can add this list to your Personal Academic and Career Portfolio.
Identifying your interests can help you recognize whether you would prefer to work with data, people, or things.
information, knowledge, ideas, facts, words, symbols, figures, and statistics
Accountants, librarians, physicists, proofreaders
Teaching, counseling, training rescue dogs and their handlers
Working with tools, plants, machinery, equipment, raw materials, and vehicles
An interest and aptitude assessment matches your interests and aptitudes to possible careers.
Think of an aptitude and an ability as the “before” and “after” of learning a skill.
a potential for learning a certain skill
a skill you have already developed
Try to think of at least one career that requires each of your skills.
Your personality should also influence your career choice.
your unique combination of attitudes, behaviors, and characteristics
Your self-concept is the kind of person you think you are.
the way you see yourself
For example, you may feel shy in new situations, but outgoing in familiar surroundings.
Being aware of your own learning styles helps you to determine the best way to learn something.
the different ways in which people naturally think and learn
You will do well in a career that suits your strongest learning style.
No personality is better than another, but some personality characteristics may help you succeed in a certain profession.
Personality tests can help you understand your personality type and how you behave in social situations.
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An aptitude is a potential for learning a certain skill; an ability is a skill that has already been developed.
Knowing your values can help you select a career that is fulfilling, with goals that are important to you.
Knowing your learning style can help you select a career that suits your strongest learning style.