Date: September 17-20
Subject: Career Exploration
Total Periods: 5
Grade Level(s): 9
Self-awareness is certainly a major part of the foundation of success and happiness. A
person's ability to secure a job--and ultimately a career--in which they will thrive depends
on how well they can match themselves with the opportunities available. There are four
behavioral dimensions presented in the Performance Profile--Interests, Style, Needs, and
Stress Behaviors. These can provide a strong basis for you to better understand yourself.
The four dimensions will also give you a framework within which you can examine
potential work environments to see if they are right for you.
Objectives (Design): Arizona Content
"Interests" describe the types of activities that students 1.0 Evaluate individual
are drawn to; these will need to be present in a job or Strengths, values and
career that they are considering if they are to stay Personality Traits 1.3 &
"Style" describes the strengths that students could bring
to a work environment when they are at your best. A
work environment in which student's strengths are
appreciated is a big part of career satisfaction.
"Needs" describe what students require to be at their
best. This is the kind of support they need in a job to
bring out their strengths. Their needs might be very
different from their style.
"Stress behavior" describes student's actions when their
needs are not being met. When they can recognize their
stress behavior, they will have an improved ability to
adjust to uncomfortable situations.
Materials and Resources (Development)
Computers connected to the Internet and a printer. You may want to print the attached
activity or instruct the students to complete a document in Word and save it in their folder
on the computer. Name the document Princeton. Also attached is Discover Your True
Colors Your Work Style Gridsm Report which may be copied and given to the students so
they can further study their test results.
Procedures (Development & Implementation):
Set the stage: The Princeton review Career Quiz is an introduction to how you need
to know yourself before you can find that career that you really love. There are two
concepts you should understand as you take the quiz. The first general concept is that your
behavior can be seen in two parts: "normal" when things are going well, and "stressed"
when they are not. Because everyone is unique, there is no predicting what stressed
behaviors you will exhibit based on your normal behavior, or vice versa. They may be the
same, but often are not. The second concept is that there are two types of motivators:
"interests", things you like and "needs", what you need from your environment and peple
around you to be productive. If your needs aren't met, then you exhibit your particular
Further, each of the four behavioral categories (interests, usual, needs, stress) can be
generalized as one of four colors. So a person's interests can be any of the four colors.
There are four categories, and each category can be any one of four colors. For example,
you could have red "interests" and a blue "style" and green "needs." The Princeton Review
Career Quiz gives you the colors of your "style" and "interests," the motivator categories
require the more detailed survey.
1. Instruct students to go to the San Carlos website www.scbraves.org click on brave
info, student resources, career exploration and then find the link to Princeton Career
2. Click on this link Take The Princeton Review Career Quiz and take the test.
3. When students finish taking the test they may want to print their results. For the
assignment students need to complete the attached activity or type their results and
save it as Princeton.
4. Click on and
instruct the students to sign on and check the box to request additional information.
5. Students will see a list of possible careers on the right hand side of the page. They
can click on any of the careers to learn more.
6. Have the students either complete the attached activity or they may type their
answers in a Word document and save it in their folder. Name the document
7. Once finished have students click on the various links within the Princeton Review
to learn more information about their given careers and available resources.
Online quiz and completed activity = 30 points possible
After you complete the Princeton Review Test, please complete the following information
After you complete The Princeton Review Career Quiz you will be shown your careers
that match the "style" and "interest" colors you created. The colors have particular
RED: Expediting See attached "Discover
GREEN: Communicating Your True Colors Your
BLUE: Planning Work Style Gridsm Report"
1. What is your Interest Color? Does this reflect your interest?
What is your Usual Style color? Does this reflect your personal style?
Once you sign on to find what careers match your quiz you will receive a list of careers.
Are these careers similar to the ones from Career Cruising?
From the list what career did you like most?
What did you learn about yourself?
Discover Your True Colors
Your Work Style Gridsm Report
The Career Grid uses four color codes and four important symbols to
Your interests and the kinds
of activities you usually
prefer (your Asterisk)
Your usual style—how you
behave in normal conditions,
your most effective style
Your needs—the support or
motivation you need from
others or from your
environment to be effective
How you react under stress.
How your usual style
changes when your needs
aren't met (your Square)
Pay attention to how close your symbols are to the lines dividing the color
quadrants. For example, when your Asterisk is close to the line, you may
have interests from your colors on either side of the line. When your Circle
is close to the line, you may share needs with both colors, and so on. The
closer your symbols are to the center of the grid, the more likely you are
to be influenced by the characteristics of the other quadrants.
The Career Grid is a visual, graphic representation of your results, based
on a model of how people behave in general. The Career Grid Report can
communication style: Are
you a Direct Communicator,
represented by the top two
quadrants of the Grid, or an
represented by the bottom
Reveal your focus: Are you
by the left two quadrants, or People-Oriented, represented by the
right two quadrants?
Discover how your unique strengths move you toward a
distinct personal style: Are you a Planner (Blue quadrant),
Communicator (Green quadrant), Expediter (Red quadrant) or
Administrator (Yellow quadrant)?
Sample of the Asterisk Symbol (Interests)
The kinds of activities you prefer are described by the Asterisk. Your
Asterisk is in the BLUE quadrant. You enjoy creative activities.
Typical BLUE activities
thinking of new
working with ideas
Your BLUE Asterisk shows
that you like to:
innovate or create
plan how to do things
consider the future
look at things
Sample of the Diamond Symbol (Style)
The productive way you set about your tasks is described by the
Diamond. Your Diamond is in the BLUE quadrant, but it is also fairly close
to the Green quadrant. When you are working effectively, you are
generally insightful and persuasive.
Typical BLUE activities
Your BLUE Diamond shows
that you like to:
You also tend to be:
Sample of the Circle Symbol (Needs)
The support you need to develop your Usual Style is described by the
Circle. Your Circle is in the GREEN quadrant. To be most effective, you
respond best to people who are assertive and enthusiastic.
Typically, people with the
Circle in the GREEN quadrant
need for others to:
introduce novelty and
Your GREEN Circle shows
you are most comfortable
when people around you:
let you know who's in
rules to a minimum
give you varied tasks
Sample of the Square Symbol (Stress)
Your Stress Behavior is described by the Square. Your Square is in the
GREEN quadrant. When people don't deal with you the way your Square
suggests, you may become domineering and resist necessary rules.
Under stress, people with the
Square in the GREEN
are easily distracted
fail to follow the plan
Your GREEN Square shows
that your stress behavior may