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UNLOCK YOUR POTENTIAL DISCOVER YOUR DESTINY

Inspirational, Motivational Career Guide Dedicated to everyone striving to reach their potential

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Dr. Mary E. Askew Holland Code Resource Center hollandcodes@gmail.com http://www.hollandcodes.com


Table of Contents Introduction

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Career Exploration, and Planning

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Keys to Career and College Major Planning 5 Three Guideposts in the Career Planning Process Awareness, Knowledge, and Assessment

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Activity Sheet for Interest Career Assessments

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Holland Career Personalities 13 Activity Sheet for Career Decision Making 17 Activity Sheet for Career Decision Matrix Interest Summary

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Educational and Occupational Exploration 21 Activity Sheet for Career Exploration College Major Exploration

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Activity Sheet for Exploring College Majors 25 About the Author

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Introduction We are each significant, different, and special. We are a product of many intricate things - learning styles, spiritual gifts, value systems, attitudes, vocational interests, and abilities. Because of our complexity,

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uncovering our interests, abilities, and skills is not always clear or easy. We seek to understand the inheritance that we have received - those gifts, abilities, and interests. We seek to learn in productive and

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conducive learning environments. We strive to cultivate learning-readiness as well as perceptual and intellectual competencies. We develop problem solving and goal setting skills. We strive to understand the learning process so that we can adequately and successfully gain knowledge. We use effective

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learning techniques to build and plan successful career choices. We need strategies to achieve our goals. As career explorers, we use career resources, for example, portfolios, videotapes, audio-tapes, games, workshops, training materials, self-assessment inventories, career web-sites, computer-assisted career

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guidance programs, community colleges, and resource centers.

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Career Exploration, and Planning

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The Goal of a Career Explorer

Career explorers should answer the following questions -

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What are our vocational interests, the motivational gifts, the attributes, the endowments, and faculties?

What are our courses of action or modes of action?

What are the steps and resources that are necessary to develop our qualities and talents?

In order to learn according to our abilities, interests, and motivational gifts, we should 

Assess our vocational interests, abilities, skills, beliefs, and values

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Discover potential careers that are linked to our identified interests

Choose suitable post-secondary education and training

Seek resources that educate (train) us according to their vocational interests, abilities, skills, beliefs, and values

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Understand the relationship between education, training, and specific occupations

Discover experiences that meet career, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral goals

Access information on the current and future labor market

Develop problem-solving and decision-making strategies

Solve career issues, conflicts, and concerns.

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Keys to Career and College Major Planning Three factors influence planning for career or selecting a college major –   

Being motivated and inspired Knowing yourself Knowing occupations and the training programs

Motivation & Inspiration

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Know About Self

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Know About Occupations & Training Programs

Motivational and Inspirational Principles    

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We are special and unique We have a specific destiny, purpose, calling, or occupation. We are all blessed with gifts. We are stewards of the gifts that have been given to us.

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Three Guideposts in the Career Planning Process

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Career Planning Map

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Career Planning a. Keys to Career Planning b. Steps Within Career Planning Process

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Career planning is so important. We are each significant, different, and special. We are a product of many intricate things –

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Vocational interests Personality types or trait clusters Skills/Abilities Values

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You become aware of, know, and identify –       

Holland vocational interests Abilities Skills Values Personality types or trait clusters Occupations College Majors

Students complete one or more of the following assessments –    

Interest inventory Value assessment Skill assessment Personality type or trait cluster inventory

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Factors Influencing Career Decisions

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There are a variety of factors that influence your career decisions. Here is a model.

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Educational and Occupational Exploration   

You perform career research. You identify potential careers. You begin narrowing career options.

Integrating Occupational Exploration into the Curriculum – Core Subjects and Your Career Article

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An excellent resource is an article entitled “Core Subjects and Your Career”. There are three areas discussed within the article - “English and Your Career,” “Math and Your Career,” and “Science and Your Career”. Each article integrates the subject with career planning. In the article “English and Your Career”, the definition for communication is “the ability to understand information other people give us and to have other people understand what we tell them”. There are three levels of communication – basic, intermediate, and advanced.

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“Basic communication requires the ability to interact with others and to follow simple oral and written instructions…” 

“Intermediate communication requires the ability to accurately give and follow instructions, to persuade people to a particular point of view, and to write in an organized and grammatically correct manner...” 

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“Advanced communication requires a strong ability to communicate both orally and in writing…”

For each level, high school and/or college courses are recommended. The article provides a list of occupations for each level of communication.

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Basic communication jobs are bank tellers, bus drivers, cashiers, and correctional officers.

Intermediate jobs are adjusters, investigators, collectors, architects, clerical supervisors and managers, as well as construction and building inspectors.

Advanced jobs are actors, directors, producers, administrative services managers, adult education teachers, and agricultural scientists.

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Source: Core Subjects and Your Career (from Occupational Outlook Quarterly, Summer 1999) http://stats.bls.gov/opub/ooq/ooqindex.htm The Internet and the libraries are sources of educational and occupational information.

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About the Author Dr. Mary Askew has the following qualifications –     

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Doctor of Ministry degree in Career Development Master of Science and Bachelor of Science Degrees Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF), Certification Number: GCDF08136-US Distance Credentialed Facilitator (DCF), Certification Number: DCF 00081

Four (4) years’ experience as a Career Advisor in public/private higher education institutions; twelve (12) years’ experience as Career Consultant for educators in higher education and high school, government and community agencies; three (3) years as job development case worker Twelve (12) years’ experience in creating and managing program development and delivery Twelve (12) years’ experience presenting on career development resources at local, state, and national convention for career services professionals (education/government) and at university/community colleges and public/charter/private high schools Served as primary Career Advisor at Phoenix College and Paradise Valley Community after the retirement of one manager and while another was on sabbatical Utilized web skills and social marketing skills to update college websites to promote career resources Developed, organized and implemented career development and job placement programs for diverse populations of students, graduates, veterans, and community members to develop strategies Presented career development topics at state and national career professional, charter school teacher, homeschool, and private school teacher conventions

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Provided online career center that utilized digital, educational, social media, and printed resources  Blogs  Facebook  Linkedin  Pinterest  Twitter  Evernote  Delicious  Issuu  Prezi  Scribd  Slideshare  Infographics  Wordle  Powerpoint  Lino  Powtoon

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Achievements:  National Career Development Association (NCDA) Conference 2012 Workshop Speaker  National Career Development Association (NCDA) Conference 2013& 2014 Round Table Speaker  Participant in Psychological Assessment Resources (PAR) SDS Revision Advisory Panels – 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013

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Qualified to administer the following PAR and CPP assessments  Self-Directed Search  Strong Interest Inventory  Myers Briggs Type Indicator PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS    

National Academic Advising Association National Career Development Association Arizona Career Development Association International Society for Technology in Education

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