Journey # 1: Who am I?
The first part of your Journey involves defining who you are and what you want to do. You are encouraged to complete a Self Assessment which aligns your values, interests & preferences with job families. You will also be able to conduct research on academic majors and the types of employment opportunities that may be obtained and examine occupational projections of in-demand jobs for the 21st Century.
Career & Self Assessment
Do What You Are Personality Type and Career Interest Assessment provides a statistically accurate representation of a student’s personality type. Personality type is the best way of determining and individual’s natural gifts, and to pinpoint the occupations where they find the greatest opportunity for expression.
The PEPS Learning Style Inventory helps students identify the kind of environment in which they prefer to work or learn. Like a fingerprint, everyone has a unique style, and it is important for each of us to know what our style is. This information can help students understand themselves and others better.
MY advantage identifies an individual’s top ‘intelligences’ to help them recognize strengths and weaknesses.
Indiana Career Explorer will help you explore a world of possibilities, make decisions about your future, and prepare for the next step in your education and career planning journey. Depending on your grade level, you will use Kuder® Navigator or Kuder® Journey to achieve these goals.
Postsecondary Students: With a flexible step-by-step process, Kuder Journey is your solution for selecting the right major and preparing for your first career. Learn about how to access training opportunities and approach employers successfully. Don’t forget to have your results sent to Purdue University North Central and set up an appointment with Allana Burke, Career Testing Coordinator. She can be reached at LSF 103 or firstname.lastname@example.org
My Next Move is a web-based interactive tool for job seekers, students and other career explorers to learn more about their career options. You can use My Next Move to:
- Explore over 900 different careers and see important information including skills, tasks, salaries, and employment outlook on easy-to-read career reports.
- Find careers through a keyword search; by browsing industries; or through the O*NET Interest Profiler, a tool that offers customized career suggestions based on a person’s interests and level of education and work experience.
- See how your interests align with academic majors at PNC.
Access to My Next Move & the O*Net Interest Inventory is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.
Now that you have done an assessment, how do your interests and personality align with the occupations that were suggested for you and academic programs at PNC?
Academic Majors, Career Interests, and Occupations
Based upon your Indiana Career Explorer results, you should now spend time researching how academic majors can be aligned with particular occupations. Start by accessing What Can I Do With This Major?, a resource that will provide you with a comprehensive list of the types of occupational opportunities that could be sought based on an academic major.
Deeper Dive Research
Want a little more information?
Download one of WetFeet’s Insider Guides (located under the “Guides” section). The guides are designed to help you out on a variety of career related topics, such as industries, resumes, interviewing or companies. Research employers (in the “Employers” section) that you know hire professionals in your field of interest.
Do a Google search using key words listed in the occupational research you performed on your assessment and What Can I Do With This Major. Try searching out occupations, to get a better idea of what industries hire the professionals that interest you. Did any Linkedin.com public profiles show up during your Google search? Try to focus on any job listings that come up during your search, this will help you understand what the minimum qualifications are required for someone working in your field of interest.
On your Google/WetFeet search, consider the following:
- What are the entry level qualifications for your position of interest?
- What are the education requirements for your position of interest?
- Does the position require someone to obtain certifications, a professional degree, a license, and additional studies beyond a bachelor’s degree?
- How much direct experience does the employer require?
- What special skills are employers seeking?
Of the Linkedin.com public profiles that came up in your Google Search, consider the following:
- What are names of employers that hire people in your area of interest? Are they local or geographically designated to one area?
- What types of benefits are offered by employers to these types of positions?
- What is the typical hiring process of the employers that hire professionals in your position of interest?
- Do any of the companies offer internships or seasonal employment opportunities?
- Is there anything that is changing about the employers business or industry?
- Is there anything that is changing about the employment opportunities in your field of interest?
Before moving on to Journey #2…
- Save the research you have conducted, keep it in a file folder, portfolio or someplace safe.
- Putting together a 2 year academic plan based on what you have learned in your research.
- Meet with your Academic Advisor to ensure you are on track with your academic plan.
- Does your career choice align with Occupational Outlook Projections?