Are you confused about your career path? Or ready to take challenges to achieve right career for you? Sometime, it becomes difficult to choose the right matching course and then career. This career guide helps you to analyze your career goals, skills, interest and other values to identify right course, college, career choices and decisions.
Tell us about your interests?
The educational and career goals should start from 9th class. Exploring your interest must be aligned with the education and finally to career. Your educational goals need to identify after the completion of 10th and 12th class. Your choice of subject after 10th class is very important to make to get the right career direction.
During your schooling many students gets fascinated by roles for example the role of Police, Doctor, Actor, and IAS officer etc. But, these roles sometimes are not aligned with the actual interest and aptitude of the student or a person. Achieving the goals based on interest and aptitude leads to the success in the career life.
The following will help you to define your action plan towards your goals and need:
- Specific career field aligned with your interest
- Money-making options
- Get trained for a particular area
- Available financial resources
- Lifestyle freedom
- Proximity of the educational institution
- Market demand of a particular career
What level of education next?
After 10 or 12th class, today there is a plethora of options available which even parents themselves are not aware of. Children and Parents both leave it to the marks to finally decide. Would you like to leave it to the last moment to plan what next? Student can go for a career based on their interest or can go for further training and / or next level of education. The next level of education or training can be of Vocational Training, 3-Years degrees, Certificate courses, and 4-year professional degree courses.
Vocational Training Programs
Vocational training is a less expensive and less time consuming option. The primary purpose of vocational training is to prepare individuals especially the youth in the age group of 15-25 years for the world of work and make them employable for a broad group of occupation. The main vocational training schemes comprises of Craftsman Training, Apprenticeship training, Training for Skilled workers, Crafts instructions, Supervisors etc.
Craftsmen Training Scheme through in ITIs and Apprenticeship Training Scheme (mainly in industrial setting) are the two major schemes. Those who successfully complete CTS are generally perceived to be semi-skilled and ATS is expected to produce skilled workers. Vocational training can also provide a stepping stone should you decide to return to school later on.
3 or 4- Years Degree Programs
Depending on your education taken, interest and aptitude, you can identify the right course discipline, years of education needed and the type of university and college. You need to access yourself with respect to the skills, interest and aptitude you have. You need to identify the right course for you to take which will lead you for a right career path. In India, arts, commerce, and science colleges provide three-year (BA, BBA, BCA, B.Com, BSc etc..) and four-year bachelor’s degrees (B.E., B Tech, B. pharma). Bachelor’s degree is awarded by the respective university to which the college is affiliated.
Engineering and medical colleges provide four-year degree programs for bachelor’s degrees,(BE, graduate in engineering, B.Tech, B Arch, MBBS, BVSC&AH) that also begin after secondary school year 12 (also called +2).
The bachelor of architecture (BArch) degree program is of five years’ duration. Some of the institutes also provide the graduate diploma courses.
The bachelor’s degree in agriculture (bachelor of agriculture, BAg or BSc (agriculture) honours) is a four-year full-time degree course. Some fields, such as law and medicine, either require or encourage advanced degrees in order to progress in the field. For instance, to be a lawyer, you need a J.D., to become a psychologist, you may need to get a doctoral degree in psychology. A bachelor’s degree would be a first step on the way to your dream career.
Look at what kinds of courses and studies you have excelled at in the past, as well as hobbies and personal interests that you have. Is the course of study you are considering a likely fit with your strong points? For instance, if you are good with numbers and solving problems, you might do well in a field such as accounting, engineering, information technology or financial planning.
People who have strong communication skills might enjoy studying theater, teaching, psychology, social work, journalism, writing or human resources.
Creative types might be drawn to film production, creative writing, art, music, choreography and more.
The quickest route to job dissatisfaction is doing something that you’re not good at. It’s simple advice, but do something that you are good at! The SkillGapfinder’s Skills Profiler helps you take a personal inventory of your skills and uses that information to help construct a career path. Whether you’re looking to change careers or just getting started, the Skills Profiler will help you understand which careers match your skills.
Why would you ever work in a profession that doesn’t interest you? You’d be surprised at just how many people work in careers that don’t truly interest them. The SkillGapfinder’s Career Interest Inventory is based on the renowned work of Dr. Holland who theorized that people with the same or similar interests are often found in the same work environments.
An aptitude is a component of a competency to do a certain kind of work at a certain level, which can also be considered “talent”. Aptitudes may be physical or mental. Aptitude and Knowledge types of constructs are assessing learned skills or knowledge are frequently called achievement tests.
However, certain tests can assess both types of constructs. An example that leans both ways is the SkillGapfinder Multiple Aptitude Test (MAP). For example, it tests mathematical reasoning, which depends both on innate mathematical ability and education received in mathematics.
Assess your Interests
Picking a career by passion has some advantages. While it is good to have aptitude in the area you will study, it is also desirable that you really want to learn the material. Areas that we are really interested in often come easier to us than ones with which we have little fascination.
When you go on a trip, you know what to pack in your suitcase, right? As you explore careers, it helps to know which skills, talents, and personality traits you bring to a job. An interest assessment can help you learn which careers might be the best fit for you. It is meant to help you find careers that you might enjoy. It will give you a broad list of career options that match your interests. Check out the interest assessment in SkillGapfinder. Skills assessments can also match your skills to careers.
Don’t panic if an assessment lists careers that don’t interest you. Always take more than one before you make a decision. Talk with a career counselor or family and friends before making a career decision.
If you need help figuring out your interests, talk with a career counselor, or go to SkillGapFinder Workforce Center. These centers offer several skills and interests assessments. Some you do alone while others require a counselor.
Assess yourself and identify your potential
as scientific discovery)? Do you want to improve the environment, become famous, connect deeply with others or make your mark? Each of these goals represents a part of your value system.
Take your journal and make a rank ordering of values that are important to you. Some people want flexibility or time at home with their children. Others want status, fame, the ability to work outdoors, the ability to work with people in service or cross-cultural experiences. Values can be a powerful driving force in career choice. As you get clearer on your own values, you may be guided to careers that make sense.
My Career Profile
Based on your interest profile, below are some examples of different areas of study and the preferences and interests that might be a good for career match.
Investigative profile frequently involves working with ideas, and requires an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally. The study and career match areas are: Health science, Information technology, Law, public safety, corrections and security, Science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Artistic profile frequently involves working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules. The study and career match areas are: Arts, A/V technology and communications, Education and training, Hospitality and tourism, Human services, marketing, sales and service.
Social profile frequently involves working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others. The study and career match areas are: Arts, A/V technology and communications, Education and training, Government and public administration, Health science, Human services, Law, public safety, corrections and security, Marketing, sales and service
Enterprising profile frequently involves starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business. The study and career match areas are: Arts, A/V technology and communications, Business, management and administration, Finance, Government and public administration, Hospitality and tourism, Law, public safety, corrections and security, Marketing, sales and service.
Realistic profile frequently involves work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with
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with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. The study and career match areas are: Agriculture, food and natural resources, Architecture and construction, Arts, A/V technology and communications, Health science, Hospitality and tourism, Information technology, Law, public safety, corrections and security, Manufacturing, Science, technology, engineering and mathematics, Transportation, distribution and logistics.
Conventional profile frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. The study and career match areas are: Architecture and construction, Business, management and administration, Finance, Health science, Manufacturing, Marketing, sales and service, Transportation, distribution and logistics.
Your Next Move
Now that you have done a good inventory of yourself and your preferences, skills, strengths, values and passions, make a thorough study of programs that interest you. Almost any college or university has a website, and there are many books available to guide you through available programs. You can also visit SkillGapfinder website that features online colleges and courses. Even if you decide not to attend an online school, or might find it a helpful exercise to see all the variety of majors offered.
Meet with Career Counselor
If you get stuck in your process, consider consulting to a career counselor.
SkillGapfinder Career counselors are industry leaders and specialize in assessment, inventories and processes that can help you to focus your career search.