The process of choosing a career often begins with self-assesment.
Ultimately, all decisions involve some level of risk. While career decisions rarely have dire consequences, they are often stressful. What if you don't like your major? What if you're not very good at something required in your job? Will you be able to support the family you hope to have? The stakes of a wrong choice seem very high, but it's important to get beyond your fear and address these questions directly.
Research minimizes risk. Career research is often limited to information about industry, specific occupations, and college majors. This is important information to gather, but it's useless without first researching the most critical part of job satisfaction: yourself.
Please consider taking our self-assesment program called FOCUS to learn more about your strengths and interests. Focus is a self-paced on-line guidance program that helps you in exploring careers, understanding your values, interests, and skills and then matches them with suggested careers.
After taking the assesment, meet with a Monroe Career Advisor to discuss your results and generate ideas for careers to research. Keep in mind that no single test can tell you "what you should be" and that sucessful career planning may require lots of time and effort. This career exploration however could very possibly be the most important research you will ever perform.
Focus is a self-paced, online career guidance program used to assist you in career exploration. Through using FOCUS, you are able to research careers, understand your values, interests, skills and potential career matches with greater clarity.
Below is a link to register for FOCUS. Please contact the Office of Career Advancement for the key code that will enable you to begin this assesment. It produces a personalized report with suggested career possibilities for you to consider and research.
Get started. Be honest. Enjoy using this instrument to help guide your career decisions. And please remember our career advisors are available to assist in interpreting and helping you make your results work for you.