Can you estimate how many hours you will spend working during your lifetime? Studies show that approximately 70,000 hours are spent in work-related tasks. Therefore, selecting your career is one of the most important decisions you will make.
A lot goes into your decision-making process. Consider the following question: What influences who you are and what you want? Some students make their career choices without considering alternatives, while others take courses with no career path in mind.
If you are not sure what you want to do with your life, you are not alone – you’ll find other Kingsborough Community College students who are unsure of themselves, too. SD 10 may help further your understanding of the workforce, as well as your own values and needs.
By completing career inventories, mock interviews, in-class resume workshops, and other career exploration exercises in your SD 10 class, you’ll be better equipped to make a decision about your career path. On some occasions SD 10 instructors arrange for a panel of alumni speakers to come to your class to discuss their careers.
Career Choice and Development
- Myths Exercise or Other Ice Breaker
- Career Choice – Influences on Life
- Career choice has a profound influence on life -- a person spends over 70,000 hours working during a lifetime.
- It’s an important decision, based on more than what you think you’d be good at or like.
- The good news: you can change your mind!
- Choosing a Career – How?
- How many know what to do?
- How did you figure it out? (Call on a few to share.)
- 2 Major Steps:
- Know Yourself – who you are and what you want.
- Know the World of Work – what’s out there.
- What Influences Who You Are and What you Want?
- Life Experiences – career isn’t separate from other areas of your life. What you’ve done, what has happened to you, and where you’ve been all influence what matters to you and how you feel about yourself. This influences career choice.
- Family and Cultural Values – supportive parents, expectations, emphasis on particular values, individual vs. family as priority.
- Television/Media – can influence our ideas of certain careers, industries, career paths.
- Environment – big city vs. rural town: influences what is available, salaries, how we view the world.
- Economic Climate – where the jobs are, where cutbacks are.
- College – going to college exposes you to courses, people, facilities, and services you wouldn’t encounter otherwise.
- First Step in Choosing a Career – Know Yourself
- What do you have to know?
- Three main areas of yourself:
(1) Interests – What do I like?
(2) Skills – What am I good at? What could I learn to be good at?
(3) Values – What is important to me? What is meaningful to me?
(4) Personality – How do I operate in the world? How do I relate to people, things, and ideas?
- Values often neglected – most don’t think about these, which can lead to dissatisfaction.
- CS will help you figure these out, but there are no magic answers – it requires thought!
- Do career exploration exercise(s).
- Second Step in Choosing a Career – Know the World of Work
- Learn about different occupations – what’s out there, what they require, etc.
- Which occupations match your interests, skills, values, and personality?
FUTURE PROJECTION EXERCISE
Instructions to Students:
Imagine the future and answer the following questions as if it were ten years from today. If you are undecided about your career plans, use one of the careers you are considering.
1. What year is it? How old are you?
2. How much education have you completed?
3. Where do you live? Are you living in a city, suburb, or the country? What kind of area is it? Do you live in a house, apartment, or some other type of building? What is your living space like?
4. Who lives in your home with you? Or, do you live alone?
5. You are about to start your workday. What do you wear to work?
6. What kind of job or work are you about to begin today? What is your occupation or job title?
7. What time do you leave home for work? Or, if you work at home, what time do you start working?
8. If you work outside your home, how do you get to work on this typical day? Do you drive, walk, or take a train, bus, car service, or limousine?
9. You arrive at work. What is the physical setting like? Do you work indoors or outdoors? If indoors, what kind of building is it?
10. Inside your work setting, what is it like? What does your workspace look like? Are there other people around you? If so, who are they?