How to Choose a Career
Wondering how to choose a career? Our expert, science-based, self-help approach will guide you in making a good career decision, one you won't regret.
We've organized it according to the three basic principles of good decision making:
1. Know yourself -- your strengths, values, personality, and skills. This will help you decide which choice best fits you.
- Take the Career Key career test to discover which Holland personality types you are most like. You can then match the results with the most promising careers, career pathways, college majors and training programs.
- Read about John Holland's Theory of
Career Choice to understand how your success and satisfaction in a job, school, or college is related to your personality.
- Do the activities in Learn about Yourself and Identify Your Skills to understand yourself better.
2. Know your options and learn about each one
- To learn about occupations, go to Learn
More about the Jobs that Interest Me , Learn
about Occupations, or Choosing
a Military Career.
- Job Satisfaction will help
you optimize your job satisfaction when you choose
a career or a job. It can also help you analyze
why you are dissatisfied in your job, if you are one
of the many who are.
- To learn about education options, go to Choose a Career Cluster/Career Field/Career Pathway or Choose a Major or Training Program.
- Is starting your own business an option? Click Self-Employment to
explore this idea.
- Are you thinking of strengthening your job skills but you are unsure which ones are important? See The Foundation Skills.
3. Make a good decision.
- At High-Quality Decision Making you will learn a method based on many scientific studies that is widely used in business and medical settings. It is easy to understand and use.
- Still not sure? Go to Career Indecision and consider getting help from a professional counselor: Career Counseling
* Also, check out the pages on the home page, "Solutions for your needs" in the upper right-hand corner.