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Our respected career personality test, career information, career advice, and career planning tools are based on the best practices and science of career development. And they are very affordable.I know the unique value community colleges play in career development (American River Junior College played a key role in my career) and have worked with many community college professionals. I recommend,
|"It is especially welcome in my situation because I need an easy to use, yet comprehensive resource for students who will be taking a .5 semester unit course. I will let you know, if you wish, how the students respond to The Career Key. Thank you again!"
-- Cathy, community college counselor, California
There is also the paper-pencil version of the Career Key at the eBookStore, including one in Spanish.
Transparency is important: the Career Key manual is online so you can review its construction, validity, reliability, and other features. There is also a comprehensive e-book version of the manual. Counselors have used our website with confidence since 1997.
Simplicity, practicality, and validity are Career Key’s strengths. It takes about 15 minutes; results are immediate; and there are no complicated tables or abstract concepts to explain. It also provides a gateway to services unique to Career Key -- like the following:
Choosing a College Major or Training Program that fits students’ personality. A close personality-major match is vital. Research shows it is one of the predictors of academic success and satisfaction -- GPA and graduation. This online article is based on unique research. It will help them make a good choice. To learn more about this research and how to apply it in your practice, be sure to read our white paper Personality-College Major Match and Student Success A Guide for Professionals Helping Youth and Adults Who are in College or are College-Bound.
For students (and college-bound adults and youth), we recommend:
“Match Up! encourages a learner-centered interaction between understanding one's key personality types and occupational and training information… [It] will be of great use to students and counselors who need to provide a list of options related to personality in a quick manner... It is a great resource that provides solid information necessary for making effective career decisions.” Read more.
Self-Employment helps the student who is considering this option.
In The Free Agent Outlook on Work students learn why marketable skills are the key to success. And, Identify Your Skills and Make Them Work for You gives students invaluable advice and practical steps they can take.
Making good decisions. Our article Decision Making Process teaches students how to make good decisions. The ACIP method is practical and based on numerous research studies. Good decision-making is emphasized throughout our site. It is an essential life and work skill.
Our popular e-book, The 2011 What Job is Best for Me?, walks the student through these steps. It embodies the essential concepts of our website.
“As a counselling tool the CDP allows us to discuss very specifically where the student is in the process of career development and where they want to go next. Students appreciate the simplicity of the CDP and using it to formulate next steps…” Read more.
Assessing “career decision status”. Colleges use the Career Decision Profile to evaluate career development programs, assess career decision needs, and to provide a self-help guide, directing students to sources of help based on their needs, and in career counseling. Students find the article Undecided a helpful guide in understanding their indecision and the steps they might take.
Learning about Holland’s Theory of Career Choice. This article is one of our most popular. Career development professionals and their clients praise its clarity and practical applications. And, literally hundreds of studies show that the theory has a solid scientific foundation. Our e-book, What Color are Your Feathers?, describes his theory and expands on how to apply it to career choice.
Visiting our eBookStore. We offer many high quality publications. All are offered in a "green", sustainable PDF file that you download to your computer. Your purchase is an important way to support our efforts.
Lawrence K. Jones, Ph.D., NCC President, Career Key.