Choosing a career can sometimes feel like one of the biggest decisions that you will make in your lifetime. Your journey to select a career path will most likely not be a straight line leading in one specific spot. Rather individuals should treat their career a journey with twists and turns leading to several different types of careers over a lifetime.
When looking at your career options it is important to remember that each person has different skill sets, abilities, interests, work values and experiences, so there is no one career that that is best for everyone. Starting the conversation on choosing a career can be difficult, the questions below are a good place to get started.
What are your natural abilities?
- These are skills that come naturally to you. Are you the friend that is the great listener? Or are you the person in your family that can fix anything?
Where do you like to work?
- The location of your job may be an extremely important factor. Do you prefer to be outside or indoors? Does extreme heat or cold bother you? Would you rather use your hands or work in an office?
What do you value at work?
- How we are rewarded at work and the types of relationships matter. Is it important for you to have the ability to earn a large salary or is it more important to have a job that others look up to? How much do you want to work? What types of relationships do you want with your co-workers?
What are your interests?
- Being interested in the type of work you are performing will help you to maintain curiosity and growth in your job. It is important to identify your interest, once recognized you can always seek out opportunities to gain more knowledge in your interest area.
What types of experience (both work and volunteer) do you already have?
- Experience helps you do determine which types of careers are going to work best for you. Often times the only way to truly determine your likes and dislikes in a position, is to actually begin working in the field.
WVNCC's Free Online Career Assessment
- Three career assessments covering interest, skills and work values.
- Access to current occupational and salary information.
- To access this site you must visit the Career Services Office or your Campus Counselor to obtain an access code.
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Free Career Assessment Websites
- College Foundation of West Virginia--free career interest inventories
- The Keirsey Temperament Sorter--personality assessment
- True Colors Career--personality quiz
Links to Occupational Outlook and Job Analysis
- O*NET Online--research job requirements and growth
- CareerOneStop--explore careers, salaries, and benefits