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Aug 20 2015
Last week’s blog highlighted six General Themes, which can be organized to describe one’s work personality. This week we’re delving deeper to explore interests that align with those themes. Consider these questions…Are you more excited by nature and agriculture or financing and investing? Are you more of a math and science person or does visual arts and design peak your interest? Are you more of a politics and public speaking or counseling and helping others type? Does the work you are doing or want to do match up with your interests? Think about your child, spouse or friends – are they pursuing a good fit between their interests and occupation?  Sadly, many people will answer “no” to this question. The good news is that by knowing your interests you can easily identify occupations that may be a good fit for you! Let’s take a look at which interests correspond to each of the six General Themes! (S) SOCIAL: Is all about helping, instructing, and caring for others. Corresponding Interests: Religion & Spirituality Counseling & Helping Teaching & Education Human Resources & Training Social Sciences Healthcare Services   (A) ARTISTIC:  Is all about creating and enjoying art. Corresponding Interests: Writing & Mass Communication Culinary Arts Performing Arts Visual Arts & Design...

Aug 20 2015
When you reflect on your “work personality” what comes to mind? Do you think of yourself as creative or analytical? Do you prefer caring for other people or like detail-focused tasks? Do you enjoy doing more hands-on types of work or taking on leadership roles? Is your work personality a good fit for the work you are actually doing or want to do? Think about your child, spouse or friends – are they pursuing a good fit?  For many people there is a mismatch, which leads to dissatisfaction, frustration and often failure to succeed.   Decades of research (CPP) has found that people’s interests, work activities, potential skills and personal values can be organized into six General Themes, which can be used to describe one’s work personality: Realistic (R), Investigative (I), Artistic (A), Social (S), Enterprising (E), and Conventional (C). Most people’s interests are reflected by two or three Themes, combined to form a cluster of interests. This information provides a direct link between your interests and the career and education possibilities likely to be most meaningful to you. Let’s break it down! (S) SOCIAL: Is all about helping, instructing, and caring for others. Social people describe themselves as caring, helpful, friendly, and responsible. They are attracted to work environments that are supportive, collaborative, and cooperative. They...

Aug 3 2015
What are your career dreams? If you have a child, what are his or hers? How well does your child know themselves, their interests and how to connect this to a career path? Have you figured this out for yourself and found your right career fit? Regardless of age, so many of us spend too much time, money and emotional energy choosing the wrong path or college major and end up in a job that’s not a great fit and therefore unfulfilling. We often pick a career direction based on outside influences and not enough information about ourselves. Did you know, on average, college students change their major at least three times over the course of their college career (National Center for Education Statistics)? And more than two million people leave their jobs every month because they are unhappy (U.S. Department of Labor). The result is a lot of wasted time, money and frustration, which affects the individual and their family. The Strong Interest Inventory® assessment is one of the world’s most widely respected and frequently used career planning tools. It has helped both academic and business organizations develop the brightest talent and has guided thousands of individuals—from high school and college students to midcareer workers seeking a change—in their search for a rich and fulfilling career (CPP). With back to school quickly approaching it’s the perfect...