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Ch 1: Assess Yourself & Your Career Development Needs

About This Chapter

The information in this chapter can prepare you for a variety of career changes that you may encounter. Our trained counselors help guide you in making informed decisions about career development.

Assess Yourself and Your Career Development Needs: Chapter Summary

There comes a time in our careers when we need to reevaluate where we are and where we want to go. The lessons in this chapter have self-assessment quizzes, brief videos and video transcripts to help you develop your career plan. This chapter includes:

Difference between a career and a job

If you're not aware of the difference between a job and a career, you're in the right place. Let our guidance counselors break down the differences so that you can shape your occupational path.

Selecting the right degree

Let us help you decide which college major aligns with your career goals. This lesson explores questions such as which degrees offer the most success and what education is generally needed for certain jobs.

Stages of career planning

Examine the timeline of career planning and discover where you are or need to be. Find out about the common stages of career planning through engaging videos.

Taking career assessments

Career assessments are tests or surveys that analyze areas such as your personality, skill set and values to determine the type of career you're suitable for. Learn more about this evaluation in this lesson.

Estimating a career's benefits and costs

Weighing the costs and benefits of a certain career can help you make short-term and long-term goals. The experienced counselors in this lesson explain these areas of consideration to help you make a decision.

Early adulthood career choices

Whether you're 22 and just graduated from college or 35 and decided to change careers, these major life changes affect more than just yourself. Take a look at this lesson so that you can grasp the impact that career choices have on individuals in early adulthood.

Factors that influence occupations

The choice to accept or not to accept a job is often based on cultural, psychological, economic or social factors. Get more details about these considerations in this lesson.

Explanation of a career development action plan

Do you know what your career plans are for 1, 2 or 5 years from now? The purpose of a career development action plan is to identify short- and long-term goals. Find out how to construct a plan like this.

7 Lessons in Chapter 1: Assess Yourself & Your Career Development Needs
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Career vs. Job: What's the Difference?

1. Career vs. Job: What's the Difference?

Though people often use the terms 'career' and 'job' interchangeably, they aren't the same. In this lesson, we'll look at the difference between a career and a job, and how people should approach them differently.

How to Select a Career-Focused Degree

2. How to Select a Career-Focused Degree

Choosing a major in college can feel overwhelming. Ideally, you'll be able to choose a major that matches up with your future career. In this lesson, we'll examine the relationship between career and major and how to choose wisely.

Career Planning Timeline for College Students

3. Career Planning Timeline for College Students

How early is too early to start planning your career? And what should you do to prepare for seeking a job? In this lesson, we'll look at a typical career planning timeline, as well as the different stages of career planning.

Career Assessments: Types & Benefits

4. Career Assessments: Types & Benefits

There are many career choices out there. How do you decide which one is right for you? In this lesson, we'll examine the different types of career assessments and how they can help you choose the best career.

Evaluating a Career's Cost and Benefits

5. Evaluating a Career's Cost and Benefits

Choosing a career takes a lot of thought. One way to consider different careers to to compare the cost and benefits of them. Watch this lesson to figure out how to determine the return on investment for different careers.

Career Choices in Early Adulthood

6. Career Choices in Early Adulthood

Many adults spend the majority of their waking lives at work. As such, your career is a big part of your life. Watch this lesson to find out more about work-life decisions that have to be made by many people, especially career couples.

Factors Affecting Occupational Choice: Psychological, Social, Economic, and Cultural

7. Factors Affecting Occupational Choice: Psychological, Social, Economic, and Cultural

Occupational choice is affected by four factors: psychological, social, economic and cultural. An individual's job choice is molded by their family, morals, values, intelligence, abilities, finances and many other things.

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