Reflecting on Experience
Childhood Career Fantasy
Ask participants to briefly write down answers to each of these questions:
- When you were a child, how did you answer the questions, What do you want to be when you grow up?
- What about this job captured your attention?
- Of these characteristics, which are still important to you?
- Which of these characteristics are no longer important?
- What factors do you now see as necessary for you in choosing a good job?
Have each participant share their answers to the questions about their childhood career fantasy. This exercise can be used to introduce a discussion of the factors that go into career decision making.
Assimilating and Conceptualizing
Factors that affect career development
- Past Experience
- Physical Characteristics
Holland's Theory -
- Six Occupational Themes - RIASEC
- Can be used to describe both work personality and work environment
- Advantages of match between work personality and environment: Job satisfaction, Productivity, Job tenure, Lower absenteeism
Experimenting and Practicing
Planning for Application
What to do next? - Discuss options for next steps
- More specific career counseling or testing
- Gather more information - Where?
- Career library
- Computer-based exploration
- Talk to people in career areas of interest
- Talk to professors
- Take classes in areas of interest
Have each person write down their action plan, what they plan to do next to further their own process of career development. Have each participant share their action plan. It may be helpful to encourage specificity and ask participants when they plan to accomplish these goals or steps.
Questions and Answers
Hand out Evaluations