With so many people out of work right now, and with plenty of time on their hands as we shelter indoors what not take the time out now to prepare for your ideal job! Here are some resources to help you get started:
Career Assessment Testing:
Career assessment testing helps identify your interests and matches them to careers, it can also help you determine what types of careers your skills and experience will transfer to.
The Skills Matcher helps you identify careers that match your skills. You answer 40 questions to rate your level in a range of skills. Then you see a list of careers that are good matches for your unique set of skills. From there, you can explore the careers on your list of matches. You can learn about average pay, typical education, and the outlook (new job opportunities expected) for jobs in that field. You can use your list of occupation matches to explore career ideas that may be right for you. At a glance you can see some important information about each of these careers:
- Career: Click on the name of any career to find more detailed information about that career.
- Annual wages: See the median salary for each career. Median wage means one-half of all workers in this occupation earn less than this wage and one-half earns more.
- Education: See the level of education usually needed to enter this career.
- Outlook: Here you can see whether the career listed is expected to be in demand. Each career is either:
- Bright (new job opportunities are very likely in the future)
- Average (a small number—less than an 8 percent increase—of new job opportunities are likely in the future)
- Below average (new job opportunities are less likely in the future)
MySkillsmyFuture enter your previous occupation into my skills my future to see types of careers your skills and experience will transfer to.
Additional Career Assessment Testing Tools
The Interest Assessment – is a quick 30-question assessment that identifies your interests and matches them to careers.
Use the O*Net’s tool for career exploration and job analysis! O*NET OnLine offers detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more! O*NET’s Interest Profiler a 60-question assessment that measures your interests and shows how they relate to careers
Step: 2 – Research Potential Job Qualifications and Pay Rate:
The Occupational Outlook Handbook: Use the Occupational Outlook database offered by the US Department of Labor to do more detailed research on what type of duties will be expected of you, education, Skills or training you will need, the pay rate, and the outlook for the occupation you are interested in pursuing