To introduce career awareness, we discuss the handout Four Important Labor Market Trends That Will Affect Your Career which highlights how education pays, the importance of technology skills, that education/training is ongoing and how career planning is essential. The Buckeye Top Fifty: 2008-2018 provides students with jobs that are currently in demand and some possible ideas for future career choices. Kent State’s career services office uses the SDS (self-directed search) career assessment booklet by John L. Holland. They have graciously shared these booklets with us to use with prospective students. We discuss how to interpret the code and students conduct a self-directed search finding possible occupations that they match to their interests.
If students want to continue their investigation of careers, they can complete the Career Planning Moodle online. This online course includes modules on self-awareness, career exploration, and job search strategies.
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