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					Unlocking the Career
     Mystery:
        The What, How, and Why of
             Career Choice
WHAT IS MYSTERIOUS ABOUT
    CAREER CHOICE?
THE ONLY REAL MYSTERY
   IS DISCOVERING

 WHO YOU ARE!
          CAREER MYTHS
MYTH:I have to choose a major/career and I cannot
change my mind.

TRUTH: Statistics tell us students will change majors
3-7 times over their college career.

MYTH: When I choose a career it will be the one I am in
for my most of my life.

TRUTH: Those days are over. For most people, the
economy, changing technology, and personal
choices will necessitate a change of career, at least
once, during one’s lifetime.
           “BIG MYTH”
My counselor, parent, sister, brother,
husband, wife, friend can tell me the best
major/career for me.

TRUTH: Only YOU can choose the best
fit major/career for you! And you can
do this, by “KNOWING YOURSELF”.
  Step 1 to Knowing Yourself
Gather information
about self through:
Personality - Myers-Briggs
Type Indicator (MBTI)

Interests – Strong Interest
Inventory, Self-Directed
Search (SDS)

Values clarification

CHOICES or DISCOVER
Step 2
    Gather
    information about
    major/career that
    matches your
    personality,
    interests, values.
         Use the resources
          available in the
         Career Resource
              Center
                   Step 3
Make a decision
to create a plan to
obtain the career
you want.
Select a major
Determine Prerequisites
Get an Educational Plan
from Counseling &
Educational Planning
Department (CEPD)
 Why is making a
major/career choice
    important?
Importance of Picking a Major


establishes motivation
 saves you time & money
Makes goal-setting and achieving
your goals easier
      DALE PARNELL


“if there is no goal, there is no
     motivation. If there is no
      motivation, there is no
           persistence.”
     How Do We Get Motivated?


•   In order to have motivation, one must
have meaning in their life.

•   In order to have meaning in one’s life,
one must have a goal.
Steps to Motivation

 Goal (Major/Career) 
  Meaning of Life 
     Motivation
       Meaning of Life

“He who has a why to live can bear
     with almost any how.”
          - Nietzsche
When there is nothing on top
     of the mountain-
-climbing to the top can
     be difficult and
      uninspiring.
When there is something on top of
the mountain- a home, car, money
            and love-
climbing to the top can be
 rewarding and fulfilling.
It takes 6 months to a year to make a
career decision.
The exercise that follows is a way to begin the
career decision-making process using values as a
basis for selecting a major. The best career
decision will utilize information about your
personality, interests, and values.
PICK A MAJOR
 EXERCISE
       Values Clarification

From the list of values, select five which
you feel are the most important.
Rate the selected five values from most
important to least important.
Keep this list handy when selecting a
career to go with your major.
        “PICK A MAJOR”
From the list of majors, cross out any
major you know you definitely do not want
to take.
Do this until you have at least three to five
remaining.
Rank the remaining majors from most
important to least important.
 Identify Majors for Research
For your top four majors, list several
career options.

Use the “Major & Career” sheet from your
packet.

For further research refer to the resource
list also included in packet.
Once you have selected a Major

 Make an appointment with a counselor or
 advisor in the Counseling and Educational
 Planning Office (407-328-2337) to:
    Change or Declare a Major
    Prepare an Online Educational Plan
    Additional Suggestions

Career Counseling in CEPD

Life/Career Planning- SLS 1301C

CHOICES/DISCOVER –
    Career Resource Center
                 Conclusion
There is no magic wand
  when it comes to
  discovering what
  gives YOU meaning
  and motivation. You
  must look within at
  your personality,
  interests, and values
  to determine which
  path to follow.

				
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