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Career Success Overview Video


Finding your career direction is a 6 Step Process -

1. Right Responses. Your career consists of your successful responses to situations and challenges at work, in social situations, and with hobbies. You and everyone have a large number of successes.

Look at the Work Activities you want to carry out on the island.
2. Your Demonstrated Competencies. Look at the themes of what you were doing. These combine what you like and what you do well. You will see that you are multi-potential. You will be speaking the language employers use to hire and develop their people.

Competency discovery process available through the Career Engageent Team.
3. Likes: Interests and Values. Turn to your feelings, and notice which of your successes bring the strongest positive feelings. You might like doing something, such as a chef who likes to sample and add spices. You might appreciate the work environment, such as when everyone is friendly and supportive. You might value the result you are creating, such as contributing to improved relationships.

Campbell Interest and Skills Survey. Go to
4. Can-do's: Aptitudes and Abilities. You have developed a very large number of Abilities to respond to all of the challenges you have faced. You are multi-potential. Your Aptitudes can be seen in those Abilities which were easy for you to develop and which you easily remember when needed.

Use a worksheet to prioritize the Abilities and Skills on ONET.
5. Your Stamp of Uniqueness. The way you like to 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.

Go to:
Working Styles Assessment available through the Career Engagement Team.
6. Your Core Value Competencies. When you become aware of your aptitudes and abilities, and of your interests and values, you will discover your Core Competencies. Spend some time every day feeding them with new challenges and using them as the beacon for your caeer 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.