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Why Choosing the Right Career Could be the Most Important Decision of Your Life - Part 1: How Well Do You Know Yourself?

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 time to give your child, yourself or someone else you know, the gift of learning more about themselves and their interests. Check out this short video to learn more!

You can take the Strong Interest Inventory on CareerPuppy.com! Simply click on “Find Your Passion” to get started. When you check out just enter the code CPB815 to receive a 20% discount!  You can even share the discount code with your friends. You can choose the iStartStrong report or one of our more detailed reports that comes with consultation from our professional staff. The assessment also comes with one year of access to all of the CareerPuppy.com resources, which include career profiles, videos, an interactive forum, and activities to help you with your career quest!

As part of this series during the month of August, next week in Part 2 we’ll delve deeper int0 the Strong Interest Inventory to explore the six general themes that describe one’s personality and potentially satisfying work environments: Social, Artistic, Investigative, Conventional, Realistic and Enterprising. Which themes describe you?