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CAREER DEVELOPMENT

.WHAT IS A CAREER? •A career is a person’s chosen profession or occupation. The general course or progression of your working life or your professional achievement. A career may include several jobs.

The Career Development Process The career development process involves four basic steps: 1. Self -awareness and assessment 2. Career planning and placement . Career awareness and exploration 3. Career decision-making 4.

The Career Development Process Working with your career development counselor and following the process explained here may be the key to a successful career. Note: This process occurs in a cycle. so don’t be surprised if you go through it several times during your lifetime! .

The Career Development Cycle Self Awareness & Assessment The Career Development Cycle Career Decision Making .

SELF-AWARENESS AND ASSESSMENT Self Awareness & Assessment The Career Development Cycle .

SELF-AWARENESS AND ASSESSMENT •This first step is very important. it allows you to become aware. clarify and assess your : •Interests •Abilities and skills • Aptitudes •Values •Priorities •Aspirations •Personality .

Self-Assessment Tools that a TTC Counselor Might Recommend • South Carolina Occupational Information System .SCOIS • Holland’s Self-Directed Search (SDS) Paper/pencil or web-based • Career Development Services web pages and links • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator • Strong Interest/Skills Confidence Inventory .

CAREER AWARENESS AND EXPLORATION Self Awareness & Assessment The Career Development Cycle .

family. leisure.CAREER AWARENESS AND EXPLORATION In this step you have a chance to become aware of and assess: Occupational requirements Employment trends Community. and volunteer issues and needs Developments in current work environment Developments outside current work Global issues and implications .

and internet • Use SCOIS. TTC Career Services and other internet resources • Utilize Occupational Outlook Handbook • Talk with experts in the field • Ask questions . To do so you may: • Read newspapers and magazines • Keep up with news via radio. TV.Career Awareness and Exploration Tools and Activities Becoming aware of the possibilities “out there” is essential in this step.

CAREER DECISION MAKING Self Awareness & Assessment The Career Development Cycle Career Decision Making .

MAKING CAREER DECISIONS This is the step when you pull together the information you have gathered and you: • Establish goals (career and educational) • Make plans to attain those goals • Implement plans step-by-step • Evaluate goals and progress continuously • Adjust as you and/or situations change • Continue to evaluate and re-prioritize .

CAREER PLANNING AND PLACEMENT Self Awareness & Assessment The Career Development Cycle Career Decision Making .

At this time you need to: • Develop good interviewing and job search skills.CAREER PLANNING AND PLACEMENT This part of the process comes after you have developed the skills necessary to pursue your career. use Student Employment Services (SES) • Once in a job: Continue to learn new skills Try to look at least five years ahead Maintain flexibility .

The Cycle is Complete Self Awareness & Assessment The Career Development Cycle Career Decision Making .

a new world of possibilities may open for you. We wish you the best in your journey to a new and fulfilling career! .The Cycle is Complete Once you complete a cycle.