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.


Look at what people are doing to directly meet the needs of others: problem solving as friend by listening, providing entertainment, bringing a commmunity together, playing a sport, or enabling better eating. Everything you might do when working helps people in some way: home improvement, producing things such as cars, selling something, discovering a new theory that improves living, improving efficiency, helping a person have more friends, researching for new knowledge, and many more working roles. People are rewarded with dollars, enabling them to become consumers. Your career consists of your successful responses in these areas of need.

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 and those you want to avoid.

Look at movies, tv shows, videls, magazines, newspapers, and online searches. Ask questions. Make this a fun discovery process.

2. Nurture Interests.


Sometimes people are born with strong career interests, but most people aren't and need to look around. When you look around, notice what you like and dislike. Chefs like to stir and whisk, machine operators enjoy usig their ears to insure things are going well, and sales people like to tell stories. Interests form when you identify what you like and then learn. You will need to keep pursuing information about a topic, or switch to another option and start the process over again.

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

3. Bring Current Skills


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

Some of your skills come naturally to you. They are your high potential skills. You can do other skills proficiently but it is possible that some do not come naturally to you. Look at your current job and identify some skills important to there that yo want to improve.

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

Identify your top skills and use the search button to see which occupations use them. Make a list of occupations you want to explore further.

4. Be proud.



What accomplishments in our world do you connect with most? Investing in people? Impressive structures? Health? Art? Adventures? Being innovative? Helping people to be their best? 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 do give yo 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.

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. Your stepping out will make this truth visible to you.

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.