Selecting a Career

Selecting a Career
When choosing a career you need to think about your personality, interests, and skills. Your
personality is how you like to get things done. Do you like to be realistic with hands-on problems and
solutions, or do like to be artistic and expressive? What are your interests? What are you good at
doing? Take a few minutes and brain storm words or draw pictures that describe you in each of
these categories.
Occupational Personality Traits:
Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical,
hands-on problems and solutions. Many of the occupations require working outside with
plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery 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 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.
Select the top three occupational personality traits that describe you.
1. ________________2._________________3.__________________
Use a computer to find a list of careers to select…
Go to
Click on Assess Yourself
Click on Quick Assessment –
Select your three personality traits
Look through the list and see what occupation you would
like. Click on that occupation and answer the following
1. Name of the career and a brief description.
Click on
results. do you need to work in this career? What would you
2. What type
major in college?
3.List two skills that you have that would make you a good candidate for this job.
For example, “I am a good listener and this career requires listening to people.”
4.Describe one task you would perform at this job.
5.What is the average annual wage?
6.What is the entry level wage?
(***this is the number that you will use for this unit of study***)
Challenge Yourself:
Prove how the skills you are learning in FCS apply to the skills you will need for this
career. Use specific examples.