Stages of Career Planning

  • Explore - Describe
    and define your ideal job

    Assessments provide valuable data that helps you understand your connections to majors, careers and the world of work.

  • Discover & Decide

    Complete informational interviews with employers, family, or alumni in your fields of interest to learn more about those professions.

  • Plan & Prepare

    Plan what all you need to be successful in your selected career. Gather informal experiences & take additional courses to develop employable skills.

Explore - Know Your Career & Work Interests

Cambridge Education offers tools that help individuals discover career options, and plan their career paths based on general areas of interest, and the level of education and training required to achieve their individual goals and objectives. These tools allow individuals to realize their goals, skills, knowledge, values, constraints and interests to help them make better academic decisions.

Cambridge Education offers Career and Work Interest Assessments that can help you discover the best jobs or career options for you. You'll discover your top interest area and what that means for you. You'll also learn how you scored in the other 5 interest areas. Finally, you'll see a list of suggested careers based on your interest profile.

Career Interest Assessment

The Career Interest Assessment is an online career interest assessment for individuals based on Holland's interest codes. The results of the assessment include the individual’s strongest field of interest with definitions of all the Holland interest codes. Individuals can view matching careers and career clusters organized by the amount of preparation each needs.

Holland's research shows that personalities seek out and flourish in career environments they fit and that jobs and career environments are classifiable by the personalities that flourish in them
- Committee on Scientific Awards

Holland Interest Codes

    Holland codes are based on the idea that career satisfaction depends on compatibility between personality and work environment. The six personality types are:
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
  • Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
  • Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Work Interest Assessment

Work Interest Assessment helps you decide what is important to you in a job. It can help you learn more about your work values and can help you decide what is important to you in a job. It does this by asking you to rank different aspects of work that represent six important work values. Knowing your work values can help you decide what kinds of jobs and careers you might want to explore.

Individuals with particular characteristics are best suited for jobs that have work demands that correspond with those characteristics. The greater the correspondence, the greater the likelihood of job satisfaction, performance, and tenure
- Dawis and Lofquist’s (1984) Theory of Work Adjustment

Work Values

    When you complete the assessment, you will get scores for six work values to show how important each of the work values is to you:
  • Achievement — If Achievement is your highest work value, look for jobs that let you use your best abilities. Look for work where you can see the results of your efforts. Explore jobs where you can get the feeling of accomplishment.
  • Independence — If Independence is your highest work value, look for jobs where they let you do things on your own initiative. Explore work where you can make decisions on your own.
  • Recognition — If Recognition is your highest work value, explore jobs with good possibilities for advancement. Look for work with prestige or with the potential for leadership.
  • Relationships — If Relationships is your highest work value, look for jobs where your co-workers are friendly. Look for work that lets you be of service to others. Explore jobs that do not make you do anything that goes against your sense of right and wrong.
  • Support — If Support is your highest work value, look for jobs where the company stands behind its workers and where the workers are comfortable with management’s style of supervision. Explore work in companies with a reputation for competent, considerate, and fair management.
  • Working Conditions — If Working Conditions is your highest work value, consider pay, job security, and good working conditions when looking at jobs. Some people like to be busy all the time, or work alone, or have many different things to do. Look for work that suits your work style.