Career/Major Planning and Assessment Resources:
A NOTE ABOUT JOB SEARCH AND THE INTERNET
It is important to remember that using the Internet does not guarantee one a job but using it does make it much easier to learn about career information, companies, the types of jobs available in specific career fields and gives job seekers the ability to quickly and easily, (and at no cost) to distribute their resumes far and wide. As nationally-prominent career counselor Richard Bowles writes, “the Internet is now just an added dimension to the traditional job search and not necessarily an easy dimension to add.” Bowles doesn’t feel that the Internet pays off for a huge number of people yet in terms of actual job placements. But many sources recently indicate that some people are experiencing increasing success and that this rate is accelerating because of the prohibitive cost of traditional advertising and prospective employee screening. For that reason, the huge job database sites that were dominated by technical jobs in the early days of the Web are now starting to diversify and are adding a larger variety of job categories to their listings. Using e-mail, however, should be useful in any job search. However, it is important to be careful of some companies approaching you with pyramid-type get rich schemes. In addition, any operation requiring money upfront should cause you to be suspicious. You can also use the Internet to obtain information on potential fraud, should you suspect it, by contacting the Internet Fraud Watch sponsored by the National Fraud Watch at www.fraud.org/ or call 800-876-7060.
The latest "go-to" site for California Community College career information. This comprehensive site features all aspects of the career planning process, from career exploration, career research, experiencing the real world and job search preparation. Check this out!
A career development website to assist students in developing career self-management skills. From the California Career Resources Network.
From Monster.com, this site allows students to explore the relationship between majors and careers and then link to monster.com jobs in various geographical regions.
The online version of the second edition of this manual developed by the University of Waterloo, it is useful for university students but also for others in any stage of career planning. Topics include self-assessment in personality, aptitude and values and how to match these characteristics with potential occupations. Job hunting strategies are also explored.
Kansas State University not only posts its own publication relating careers to college majors but links to other similar sites on the Internet. Very helpful info for students!
This grant funded site "hosts 16 short, engaging opportunities designed to help students gather and interpret important information bout themselves and what they want from their lives. Filled with tools, strategies, and practical suggestions and punctuated with motivating video clips, Career Clues calls on students to explore meaningful career options. Each Clue prompts students to take the next action step as they seek 'how to' answers about5 finding their career direction, identifying their college major, developing meaningful work experiences, and landing jobs."
Perfect for the beginning college student who is looking to identify possible majors and related careers.
This is the instrument I used extensively with re-entry students (with permission of David Keirsey) until I began using the standardized and well-researched Myers-Briggs Type Indicator from which it is derived. I have found that the scores on the Keirsey Temperament Sorter and the MBTI are fairly reasonably related for most people. After taking this 70 question inventory, the results appear on your screen in seconds and then you can be linked to several pieces of helpful explanatory material related to personal style and its relationship to careers.
You can use this interactive database to explore occupations, identify your current job skills (and get a list of occupations that match your identified skills), and get a snapshot of the skills and knowledge required for your selected occupation. This replaces the old Dictionary of Occupational Titles.
Explore careers, majors, personal style, etc.
Roadtrip Nation- Define your own Road in Life!
Watch the latest footage from the road about people who have followed their passions in life.
A comprehensive listing of Myers-Briggs Inventory type resources on the web (including newsgroups if you would like to talk about type!) plus type profiles for each of the sixteen MBTI types. (Note: these types also relate to the Keirsey Temperament Sorter results at www.keirsey.com) above.
From the Career Center at the University of North Carolina, this site links job titles and related web links with a variety of college majors. A good tool for the undecided student.
A comprehensive resource listing typical employers, career areas, strategies designed to maximize career opportunities , and web links for 53 popular majors from the University of Wisconsin.
Provides info on California career paths that start with taking Career Technical Education (CTE) classes in high school and community college. Highlights 15 different career pathways to success.
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