- Created: Wednesday, 03 January 2018 16:33
“Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
-- Mark Twain
Most of us struggle, at least a bit, when we are looking into educational paths for work. Most of us aren't sure about what we're interested. We aren't sure about what we are good at. We aren't sure about what we might be good at. What we don't realize in our uncertain moments is that exploring and trying and reconsidering options as we learn about areas of interest and about ourselves is part of the whole process!
There are many online tools and community resources that you can use to help you figure out next steps as well as big dreams.
Work with our area's people -- call them, email them, visit them!
- Southwestern's Advisors want to hear from you! They are particularly knowledgeable about finding and completing college program credentials so that your specific needs can be met as you attend school.
- WorkSource Oregon office in Coos Bay has people and tools to help you in all aspects of your career, including exploring interests, evaluating skills, and looking at what additional training or education you may need to meet your goals or as they help you define your goals.
Explore your own with online tools!
There are all kinds of web sites and online tools to help us look at our interests, skills, and all the other aspects of figuring out what career you want to pursue. Here are a few staff favorites.
MyPlan.com’s Values Assessment can help you decide what is important to you in a job. Rank different aspects of work and see how those map to common work values. Those values can help you choose careers to explore.
Everyone has a different way to describe themselves and what they like to do. Minnesota State's CAREERwise "Assess Yourself" survey lets you rate activities, subjects and personal qualities to find careers that match your interests.
O*Net's Interest Profiler on MyNextMove.org helps you relate your interests to the world of work. You can find out more about what you like to do, which helps you decide what careers you might enjoy.
About the Author: Jenny Jones has Master's of Science in Mathematics and an MBA. Her writing stems from her research as a TAACCCT grant data analyst and her passion for empowering individuals to greater intellectual heights through life-long learning.