Where Do I Begin?
- Self-Evaluation.Knowing your interests, values, skills, and personality will increase your odds of finding a career path that works for you holistically.
- What are my interests?
- What are my skills?
- What kinds of things are important to me?
- When do I feel the most successful?
- How do I want to affect the world around me?
FloridaShines.Org is a FREE ONLINE RESOURCE full of great tools to help you identify your skills, interests, and values.
- I know my skills, interests, and values. Now what? How do I figure out which careers would be a good fit for me? After you identify your skills, interests, and values, using resources like FloridaShines, there are many ways to figure out which careers match your qualities. Below are some resources to help you find some potential matches based on your qualities.
O*NET - Career guidance featuring hundreds of occupations.
16personalities - A resource to help better identify which careers may work for you based off of your personality type.
Informational Interviewing / Job Shadowing - A cheat sheet from a local university on how to go about setting up informational interviews and job shadowing.
FloridaShines.Org - Tools to help explore skills, interests, and value in relation to career. Also includes resources regarding financial aid career exploration and college prep.
- Great now you have an idea of some careers that could be a good fit for you. Keep Going! continue to explore your careers of interest to get a better idea of what career you may eventually want to pursue.
- Shadow a professional who is currently in a career you are interested in so you can have an idea of what a typical day would be like if you were to also pursue that career.
- Take high school classes relevant to your interests.
- Explore your interests through participation in related clubs, activities, community organizations, jobs/internships, etc.
- Conduct informational interviews with professionals in the fields you are interested in pursuing to see if that career matches you.
4. Choosing a career that’s right for you…right now. Career exploration is a journey. Most people have anywhere from 2 to 10 different careers in mind when they are your age. Also, most people change careers at least once in their lifetime. Don’t be afraid to have some options for NOW and LATER in your career decisions. Many people who are currently unhappy in their careers ended up there because of the allure of money or because someone told them they should go in a specific direction. Take time to learn about what you want currently and for your future and your chances of having a career you enjoy and helps you meet your goals are much higher.