Process in which individual chooses an educational path or training or a job which fits their interests, skills and abilities.
Purpose of Career Exploration
By investigating the world of work, you'll learn about career exploration considerations, what employers want from employees and how to explore new opportunities. The most important is to determine what occupations and jobs best match your skills, interests, values and personality. In addition, understanding the employer’s vision and concerns will make you a more competitive job candidate. In the interview, for example, you will be able to verbalize specifically how you can help advance the employer’s organization.
There are several other important reasons to investigate the world of work.
* Obtain realistic and accurate information about different occupations
* Discover what educational classes and training to pursue
* Gain confidence by becoming familiar with the language and concerns of the world of work — an important quality in any job search
* Hear about the “hidden” job market through networking — jobs that are available but have not been advertised and how and where to apply for them
* Make contacts so that when you’re ready to look for work, you’ll know who to call
* Identify work industries and jobs that interest you and can utilize your skills
* Learn about recent job trends, the fastest-growing jobs and other information that can impact your career planning
Objectives of career exploration
1. Identify various theories of career choice.
2. Analyze Personality orientation, Interests and Skills and Abilities and show how they relate to a career choice.
3. Examine the ways in which the individual's values, interests, abilities, and career choices are consistent with the test results.
4. Locate information available from the Guide to Occupational Exploration, [ GOE] Dictionary of Title [DOT], and the Outlook Handbook [OOH].
5. Select three...