- Is Participation Research really necessary?
- Making Your Final Decision
- Step 4 – Taking Action With Career Planning
There is an Job Experience Worksheet which goes with this page. It’s in Career Manual 2 – Appendix 5.
All Tests, Inventories and Worksheet Templates for this site are available in an easily printable format in Career Manuals 1 and 2.
I know people (including myself) who neglected to do this last step in the research process, and ended up wasting time and money in training programs, preparing for jobs that were not at all like they imagined. Sometimes you can't really know what a job is like from books, websites and people you talk to. It takes a first-hand experience to bring it all home. Nothing can replace your own solid personal experience such as:
- Attending Open Houses at Schools or in the Workplace
- Job Shadowing
- Examples of Job Shadows
- Temping Through Employment Agencies & Volunteering
This kind of research is not for everyone. Some people use it when they have questions about a job, that can't be answered any other way, than through an experience on-the-job. It's also a great way to earn money while researching.
A lighter version of involvement such as attending 'Open Houses', can sometimes be enough to get your questions answered, and give you a feel for that kind of workplace. If you are clear about your Dream Job - that it matches your needs and personal requirements, you may not need to get more involved in participation research. This is an option that is there if you need it.
After you've finished your research, ask yourself: Is this a job:
- that I feel personally suited to?
- where the people seem to be very much like me?
- where I am strongly attracted to the work itself?
At this point, it is not necessary to be skilled in the particular line of work, any training that is required comes next.
Here is how to analyze the outcome of your research to find your Best Career Match. Your Best Career Match is always a combination of Your Field of Interest and your Dream Job.
When the Field of Interest is Health Services
And the Dream Job selected is Dentist Hygienist
The Best Career Match = Dental Health
Example #2: When the Field of Interest is Sales & Service
And the Dream Job selected is Travel Agent
The Best Career Match = Travel Services
Example #3: When the Field of Interest is Paraprofessionals
And the Dream Job selected is a Paralegal
The Best Career Match = Legal Support Services
My Dream Job is: ______________________________
My Best Career Match is: _____________________
STEP 4 - TAKING ACTION BY CAREER PLANNING
This Link Will Take You Through Steps 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the Program
Step 1 - Discovering Who You Are
- 1. Your Work Style Preferences
- Your Work Style Preferences Overview
- 4. Your Central Motivations
- Your Central Motivators - An Overview
- 5. Your Multiple Intelligences
- Multiple Intelligences - An Overview
- Multiple Intelligences Descriptions
- 60 Ways to Boost Your Intelligences
- How to Develop Your Intelligences
- The Quick Job Analysis Guide
- Career Chart
Step 2 - Exploring Your Career Options
- Get the FAQs About Career Exploration 9 Frequently Asked Questions on Job Searching
- Researching the Major Occupational Groups How to Do Job Research - Your Search Tool Links
Step 3 - Doing the Research For Your Dream Job
- Paper Research
- Help For Doing Paper Researching
- Online Research
- Help For Doing Research Online
- People Research Links
- Help For Doing People Researching
- How to Prepare for the Information Interview
- 20 Interview Questions for Informational Interviews
- Sample Phone Scripts for Information Interviews
- Writing the Interview Thank You Letter
- Participation Research Links
- Help For Doing Participation Researching
- Open Houses in the Workplace and at Schools
- Job Shadowing
- 21 Sample Job Shadows in the Workplace
- Temping & Volunteering as Participation Research
- 50 Basic Questions Checklist For Job Researching
Step 4 - Managing Your Career - Doing Career Planning
- Taking Care of Your Career - Building Your Toolkit
- Arriving in Your New Career - 8 Workable Career Management Options
- Preventing Burnout: The Burnout Checklist
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