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  1. Getting Started:Discover Your Career Interests Presented by: Patty Dang, M.S. Career Development Services Counselor

  2. Learning Outcomes • Describe the three types of career assessments available to CI Students. • Identify where you are in the 5 stages of the career development process. • Analyze how your personality, skills, values and interests connect to your career development.

  3. Agenda Career Development Process What Are Career Assessments? How Do Assessments Help? • 5 Stages • Non-linear process • Stages recycle depending on the person • Focus on self-discovery/exploration • Inventory your personality, values, skills and interests • Personality Inventory (MBTI) • Values (Eureka & Career Cruising) • Skills (Eureka & Career Cruising • Interests (Eureka & Career Cruising • What do I like to do vs. what I’m good at • Connect personality values, skills and interests into majors or careers • Clarifies your decision-making process

  4. Career Development Process Self-Discovery Career Research Design Your Career Plan Experience Your Field Launch Your Career • Who Am I? • What is important to me? • What do I value more? • Do my personal interests relate to careers? • How do I get help? • Career Exploration • Understand multiple career pathways • Review job descriptions • Short-term goals? • Meet with a Career Counselor • Decision-Making • Creating a timeline • Internships • Gain hands-on work experience and skills • Relationship Building • Job search strategies • Proactive job search strategies • Networking • Update resume and cover letter • Practice Mock Interviews • Salary Negotiations

  5. Self Discovery • What is important to me in the world of work? • How do my personality, values, interests, skills, match with my career interests? • What is more valuable to me? • Use Career Assessment to explore personality, values interests and skills • What classes do I like? • Speak with a Career Counselor or Academic Advisor

  6. Career Research • Conduct career exploration using multiple sources (, eurkea, career cruising) • Understand multiple career pathways (salary information, educational preparation, training, experience, and industry trends) • Review job descriptions to improve your understanding of the skills and experience required by employers • Request an informational interview with a professional related to your career interest

  7. Career Planning • Develop short-term and long-term goals • Writing down goals and plans • Work with a Career Counselor • Narrow down to 3 specific job types or industries • Creating a timeline (getting internship, completing resume & cover letter, prepare for mock-interview)

  8. Experience Your Field • Obtain a job or an internship related to your career interests • Gain hands-on work experience and skills • Build relationships with employers and mentors (faculty, career counselor, academic advisor, supervisor) • Build job search strategies (networking, career workshops, employer panels, career fairs)

  9. Launch Your Career • Build and develop proactive job search strategies • Continue to network with friends, family, faculty, staff, mentors, supervisors • Continue to update resume and cover letter regularly (every few months) • Practice Mock Interviews, Salary Negotiations, professional development, staying current on industry trends

  10. Career Assessments Personality Inventory Interests Inventory Values Inventory Skills Inventory • Measures a person's individual traits, characteristics, motivational drives, needs, and attitudes • Can address strengths and weaknesses • Inventory of natural preferences • Inventory your ability and skills • Attempts to match your qualifications to careers • What you enjoy doing, i.e. playing golf, taking long walks, hanging out with friends • Connect personality values, skills and interests into majors or careers • Inventory the things that are important to you, such as achievement, status, and autonomy • Specific interest in the activities of the work itself • Favorable conditions that accompany an occupational choice, such as physical setting, and earning potential

  11. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator • Personality Type Inventory • Helps you understand your natural inborn preferences • Understanding your type will help you to determine if your career interests aligns with your personality • Assists in understanding other types and learn to effectively communicate with others in a work setting

  12. Eureka • Assessments • Personality (True Colors) • Skills (Microskills) • Values/Interests (Occ-U-Sort) • Resources • Graduate School Information • Career Planning • Scholarship Info

  13. Career Cruising • Assessments • Skills (My Skills, Ability Profiler) • Values/Interests (Career Matchmaker) • Resources • Graduate School Information (Education & Training) • Career Planning (Explore Careers) • Scholarship Info (Education & Training/Financial Aid)

  14. How do these assessments help? Understanding your personality, values skills and interests will help you… • Decide if your career choice “fits” or aligns with you • Match work environment with your personality, skills and interests • Explore career pathways and conduct career research

  15. How do these assessments help? The assessment results will assist in your Career Development Process by… • Exploring your personality, values, skills and interests to recognize what is important to you, in the world of work • Improving your chances of selecting a more fulfilling career that matches with your personality, values, skills and interests

  16. How do these assessments help? The information is always relevant to your career because… • You can adapt what you know about yourself to your work environment • This information can help you maximize your potential strengths and help you become aware of some of your weaknesses • It will help you learn how to communicate your preferences and abilities to your supervisor and colleagues

  17. Resources to help you … Career Development Services: Website Career Steps on CDS Website: Career Steps 4-year Career Compass Guide: Career Compass Detailed Listing of Workshops & Events: Schedule Exploring Majors: College Majors 101, Myplan, What Can I Do With My Major

  18. Getting Started: Discover Your Career Interests Survey Thank You!

  19. Questions? Please feel free to come by the Career Center for Drop-in Counseling held every Thursday at 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. from September 13, 2012 – November 29, 2012 Amanda Carpenter, M.S.Coordinator of Career Development Services & Henry L. "Hank" Lacayo Institute Internship ProgramCalifornia State University Channel Islands Bell Tower 1527(805) 437-3565 (office)amanda.carpenter@csuci.eduCareer Development CenterCalifornia State University Channel Islands Bell Tower 1548(805) 437-3270 (office)(805) 437-8899 (fax) Patty Dang Career Development Services CounselorCalifornia State University Channel Islands Bell Tower 1548(805) 437-3270 (office)(805) 437-8899 (fax)