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Online Career and Major Planning

The University of Georgia Career Center Kelley Whisnant, Career Consultant

Career Exploration




Ideal job will incorporate all three concepts.

FOCUS 2: What does it give you? • Occupations that match your interests and values • Occupations that match your skills • UGA Majors based on assessment results

Features on the FOCUS-2 Main Menu Self Assessment:

Work Interest Assessment Leisure Interest Assessment Skills Assessment Personality Assessment Values Assessment Combine the Results of Multiple Assessments Five reliable and valid assessments help guide you through your career/education exploration and decision making process. Assessment results lead to occupations that match your unique profile.

The FOCUS 2 Career Planning Process Evaluate Yourself: FOCUS 2 Self Assessment

Interests, Values, Personality, Skills, Leisure Activities, Career Readiness


Options: Your Assessment Results

Matched to Occupations and Supporting Majors at UGA


Explore and Make Decisions

Analyze, Compare and Narrow Down, Make Choices, Map out Goals and Take Action

Work Interest Assessment

The Holland Code • The Holland Code is a method of classifying interests into six broad categories. • Dr. John Holland developed a theory that people’s interests and work environments can be loosely classified into six broad areas. • They can be combined in many different ways. • You can use your unique combination of interests to find a career that matches.

RIASEC: What does it mean? Realistic

The “Doers”


The “Thinkers”


The “Creators”


The “Helpers”


The “Persuaders”


The “Organizers”

Realistic Described as: • Reliable • Practical • Thrifty

Interested in career fields such as: • Mechanics and Construction • Computer Hardware and Electronics

• Persistent

• Military

• Reserved

• Protective Services

• Adventurous

• Nature and Agriculture

• Physically strong

• Athletics

• Handy • Athletic

Career Motivator: Tangible Results

Investigative Described as: • Thoughtful

• Analytical • Intellectual • Complex • Independent • Curious • Introspective • Reserved

Interested in career fields such as: • Science • Research • Medical Science • Mathematics

• Problem focused • Rational

Career Motivator: Analyzing

Artistic Described as: • Creative

• Independent • Unconventional • Impulsive

• Expressive • Passionate • Intense • Sensitive • Open

Interested in career fields such as: • Visual Arts and Design

• Performing Arts • Writing and Mass Communication • Culinary Arts

• Imaginative • Original

Career Motivator: Expressing Creativity

Social • Humanistic

Interested in career fields such as:

• Caring

• Counseling and Helping

• Helpful

• Teaching and Education

Described as:

• Responsible

• Tactful • Cooperative • Generous

• Human Resources and Training • Social Sciences

• Insightful

• Religion and Spirituality

• Friendly

• Health Care Services

• Patient • Idealistic

Career Motivator: Helping Others

Enterprising Described as: • Ambitious

• Competitive • Status conscious • Persuasive • Assertive • Risk taking

• Energetic • Popular • Talkative

Interested in career fields such as: • Marketing and Advertising • Sales • Management • Entrepreneurship • Politics and Public Speaking • Law

• Self-confident • Resilient

Career Motivator: Influencing and Persuading Others

Conventional Described as: • Practical • Organized • Conscientious • Persevering • Orderly

• Systematic • Precise

• Accurate • Efficient

Interested in career fields such as:

• Office Management • Taxes and Accounting • Programming and Information Systems • Finance and Investing Career Motivator: Organizing Information


Industry: Banking REALISTIC



“Hands on”

“Research and writing”


Computer Operator Bank Security Bank Teller

Appraiser Financial Analyst

Marketing/Graphic Arts




“People - verbal”

“Decision Making”


Customer Service Rep. Trainer Human Resources Sales Credit Counselor

Branch Manager Economist Controller Accountant Credit Loan Officer

Accounting Clerks Data Entry Clerks Mortgage Clerks

Investment Banker

Skills Assessment

Values Assessment

Leisure Interests Assessment

Features on the FOCUS-2 Main Menu Self Assessment:

Work Interest Assessment Leisure Interest Assessment Skills Assessment Personality Assessment Values Assessment Combine the Results of Multiple Assessments

After you complete two or more assessments, be sure to click on “Combine the Results of Multiple Assessments� This feature will help you narrow down your results. Find out which Major Areas of Study support the occupations that match your combined assessment results!

Sample Occupation MENU Overview Job Duties Skills Values Outlook Earnings Advancement Interest Profile Working Conditions Contact Info Areas of Study

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Be sure to SAVE occupations that appeal to you! Then click on Areas of Study to find out which Majors support those occupations! Be sure to SAVE the majors that appeal to you!

Next Steps • For more RIASEC jobs:

O*Net – Click Find Occupations—O*Net Descriptor--Interests

• To add to the O*Net info: Occupational Outlook Handbook –

• Consider work activities, skills needed, education required, and outlook/salary!

Get Experience! • Participate in Intern for a Day. Follow a professional for a day and experience a typical workday. The Career Center has a formal job shadowing program that takes place in the fall and the spring. • Complete an internship. Gain extensive knowledge and build your skills set as a way to explore career options. • Volunteer in the community and gain skills in an area related to what you may do in the future.

• Join a club or organization. View the 675+ active organizations at UGA. Get active in professional, service, social, advocacy, and/or honor organizations to gain valuable experience. • Seek research projects, presentations, and writing opportunities.

The Career Center Your career consultant can assist you in a variety of ways including: • Researching Majors/Careers • Preparing for a Career Fair/Networking • Resume/Cover Letter Critiques • Interview Preparation/Mock Interviews • Internship/Job Search Assistance • Graduate School Applications/Personal Statement Critiques • Professional Social Media Engagement • And any other career needs you may have!

Location: Clark Howard Hall, Second Floor Make an appointment: 706-542-3375 Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Walk-In Hours Monday-Friday, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM



Job Title Examples Taken From:

Focus 2 Presentation  

Presentation used as an overview of the Focus 2 career assessment.