Start with a 3 minute video overview by clicking on the following link. Click on your back button to return for the Opportunity Island Experience

Career Success Overview Video


Turn your job into a career in 6 steps -

1. Look Around.


What do you like about your current job? Which fellow employee do you admire and what is he or she doing to succeed? What are you most effective at doing on your job? How might your performance be improved? What needs in the economy outside of your current job would you like to fill? What work activities would you like to carry out?

Look at the 41 Work Activities on Opportunity Island. You will see yourself enjoying some, but not others. Make a list of those you want to carry out to survive.

2. Nurture Interests.


Most people are not born with strong interests and need help in identifying them. Interests are the problems you might become passionate about solving.How do you want to contribute?

Be active. Read to narrow your options, listen to what people are saying, and carry out related projects. Join a career research community to learn how others see things, expanding your perceptions.

On Opportunity Island, select Work Activities which you might like and explore connected occupations.

3. Bring Current Skills


Appreciate the wide variety of problems you have solved and the many abilities and skills you have used in all of your jobs, volunteer experiences, hobbies, and social experiences. You are multi-potential.

Some came naturally to you. They are your high potential skills. You stretched to develop others because they were required on your current and past jobs.

Look at the top 10 skills needed in occupations you like from your Opportunity Island discovery. Which do you have? Which can you easily develop because they come naturally to you? Which will require you to stretch?

4. Be Proud.


What have you done in the past which has made you most proud? Why? What would you like to see more of in the world? People are employed solving all kinds of needs. An imporant need is waiting for you to discover it.

On Opportunity Island, what needs attract you? Needs are formed into industries. Look at occupations you like. Ask yourself what industries they are used in.

Picture yourself working in one of these industries. Do you feel a sense of pride? Use this opportunity fo identify needs in the economy which will give you a sense of pride.

5. Join In.



Careers develop and move forward when people get together to discuss things. You can join discussions in professional associations, community development groups, meet-up grouops, and networking sessions.

The Career Engagement Team sponsors research commmunities. Get involved at www.careerengagementnetwork.org.

6. Your Stamp of Uniqueness.


What you can contribute to your work is unique to you. No one else has the same DNA and the same sequence of experiences. Your uniqueness enables you to contribute ideas no one else can. Your stepping out will make this truth visible to you.

When you become aware of your best abilities, and of your interests and values, you will discover your Core Competencies. Spend some time every day feeding them with new challenges. They can be a beacon for your career journey.



Read the following Work Activities which are needed for you and the others to survive Opportunity Island. Click EXPLORE for those that interest you and be taken to the Career Summary Report on ONET. Make a list of occupations you want to explore further.

1. Estimating how long food would last. Estimating Explore
2. Getting information about food available from plants and animals. Getting Information Explore
3.Anticipating what could be dangerous. Identifying Explore
4. Inspecting shelters for safety and water proofing. Inspecting Explore
5. Monitoring weather changes. Monitoring Explore
6. Caring for injured people. Assisting Explore
7. Coaching people to look at things positively and have a survival attitude. Coaching Explore
8. Sending signals using signs, mirrors, and smoke. Communicating Outside Organization Explore
9. Pointing out and helping people avoid misunderstandings in the future. Communicating Inside Organization Explore
10. Coordinating activities of food finders and harvesters. Coordinating Explore
11. Suggesting strategies for better teamwork among food preparers. Team Building Explore
12. Building rapport and relationships. Relating Explore
13. Motivating people to see the glass as half full. Guiding-Motivating Explore
14. Explaining to overcome misunderstandings about rescue activities. Interpreting Explore
15. Persuading people to use resources wisely. Monitoring Resources Explore
16. Administering the process of delivering first aid. Administering Explore
17. Performing to create an atmosphere of optimism versus pessimism. Performing for Public Explore
18. Asking leading questions to help people be more effective. Consulting Explore
19. Helping people to resolve differences. Resolving Explore
20. Convincing people to clean up. Influencing Explore
21. Getting people who would be good leaders elected. Staffing Explore
22. Teaching survival skills at meetings. Training Explore
23. Analyzing the situation for clues about how to be rescued. Analyzing Explore
24. Developing objectives so large projects could be completed. Developing Objectives Explore
25. Promoting compliance with agreed upon rules. Evaluating Compliance Explore
26. Identifying the best strategies for getting off the island. Judging Explore
27. Problem solving when something goes wrong. Making Dec. / Solving Problems Explore
28. Organizing multiple get-of-the-island efforts. Organizing/Planning Explore
29. Collecting information scientifically to get insights and forecast. Processing Information Explore
30. Creating schedules for getting work done. Scheduling Explore
31. Creating songs and poems for entertainment and inspiration. Thinking Creatively Explore
32. Keeping track of discoveries and the results of trial-and-error efforts. Using/Updating Knowledge Explore
33. Adjusting machines to work better. Controlling Processes Explore
34. Creating print, video,and audio recordings of events. Documenting Explore
35. Sketching how to build something. Laying Out Explore
36. Handling and shaping wood to make tools. Handling/Moving Explore
37. Using computers to work more effectively. Interacting with Computers Explore
38. Adjusting and adapting machines and tools to complete needed work. Operating Vehicles/Machinery Explore
39. Moving heavy objects to build shelters and meeting places. Physical Activities Explore
40. Repairing electronic radios and other instruments. Repairing Electronics Explore
41. Salvaging mechanical devices from the ship such as a pump. Repairing Mechanicals Explore

Next Steps

Opportunity Island Debrief Make thinking about your career more productive.
Starters for a Career Discussion Create a discussion about career success.
Holland Themes for Work Activities Begin to see your interest themes in the Work Activities that appeal to you.
Experience Stories worksheet Be guided to recall and expand stories of your best experiences.