Career Planning

Choosing A Career that Fits

Job or Career

A job is a place of employment generally designed for short term or limited opportunity. A career is an occupation or profession that requires specialized training and is designed for long term with opportunity for promotion.

Choosing a Career that Fits

Making a good career choice requires time and effort but it is well worth it. There are four steps to making a good career choice:

1) Self-Assessment
2) Research
3) Making a Fit
4) Creating a Plan

We will focus on steps 1-3 in this lesson. Step 4 is covered later in the course.

Key Terms

Review the vocabulary on the Quizlet below before moving to the assignment.


The self-assessment below will not be submitted but you will need to refer back to it as you complete the Take Two Assignment. Write your response to these questions on paper.

1. Write a list of skills you have acquired.
- Basic Skills such as reading, writing, speaking, listening
- Social Skills such as teaching, negotiating, persuading
- Technical Skills such as analysis, trouble-shooting, decision-making
- Management Skills such as time management, motivation, resource management

2. What are your interests? Create a list of activities and interests that you have really enjoyed in the last five years. Is there a common theme?

3. What do you value in the workplace? Create a list of what you need in the job environment. For example, you may value some of the following: job security, regular hours, working as a team, working independently, having respect and status, helping others, working with your hands, working outdoors.

4. What is your learning style? Online learning is different in many respects from the traditional face-to-face learning, primarily in the way we get our information and how we interact with instructors and classmates. In Lesson 3 you learned about the most common learning styles: visual-spatial, aural-auditory, verbal-linguistic, physical-bodily-kinesthetic, logical-mathematical, social-interpersonal, and solitary-intrapersonal. You might want to review the Module 3 notes to help determine your primary learning style.

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