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Career Resources at the Center for Career Development

By making career planning an ongoing objective, you will be better prepared to handle any obstacles that may lie ahead. Set aside time to focus on your career and define what you want to achieve. Download your Roadmap to Career Success and Checklist to help get you started.

Career Resources Questions to Help You Succeed

Career development is an ongoing, overlapping process of seeking the answers to three critical questions:

The goal of this section is to help you prepare a foundation for lifelong career planning and development, which entails understanding yourself and what you have to offer to an organization.

A Time of Self-Discovery

Get familiar with yourself and you’ll be able to recognize a good professional situation.  By identifying your interests, skills, values, motivators, and strengths through assessment tests or career coaching, you can become successful in any career because you’ve found the right fit for you.

(Personal Assessment)

  • Preferences
  • Interests
  • Values
  • Motivators
  • Strengths
  • Skills

Design an Effective Career Plan

Create and follow a map for career success, just as if planning a trip. Set short- and long-term goals, then review and adjust them as you progress along your journey. Career coaches and workshops can be a great asset as you develop and maintain your map.

Actions:

Personal assessment tools can provide direction as you navigate your choice of major or career interest areas.

Take some career and personality inventories
The following are a variety of Career Assessment Tools. 

  • MBTI Myers Briggs Type Indicator

The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is the most widely used personality inventory. It is used to increase self-awareness and to help individuals understand and appreciate the differences of others.  The MBTI measures preferences in four areas and produces a personality type for each individual. It also assists in career decision-making by providing information about what personality types are most often represented in different career fields.

  • Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI)

The HBDI profile is an assessment tool that provides users with an in-depth understanding of their thinking preferences. The HBDI teaches you how to communicate effectively with others by understanding how they process information using their own thinking preferences.

  • MAPP (Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential Career Analysis)

MAPP is an assessment that measures an individual’s motivation toward specific work areas. This assessment provides users with insight into their career interests and key career motivators, helping users to target the ideal career. This assessment is different from others because it focuses on employee motivations and helps users understand how these motivations influence career potential.

Identify and Access the Skills, Interests, and Strengths You Enjoy Using

  • Strong Interest Inventory

The Strong Interest Inventory (SII) measures interests in a broad range of occupations, work activities, leisure activities, and school subjects. SII provides a comparison of individual interests with people working in different occupations who are satisfied with their career choices, and also increases self-awareness by suggesting particular environments in which individuals like to learn and work, and types of activities people find satisfying.

  • Clifton StrengthsFinder 2.0

Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day? Chances are you don’t. All too often, our natural talents go untapped. This assessment points to your greatest talents and potential strengths. The results will be a description of your 5 Signature Talents. You will learn how to develop these talents into strengths and apply them in academics, careers, and life.

Determine Where You Are

List what you like and don’t like about your current job and career path, then define what you really want and need from your career. With the creation of two simple lists, you can effectively access your current job and career path.

The goal of this section is to help you investigate the environment around you and discover the potential opportunities for change and growth. 

A Time of Exploration and Research

Start with your current job, your department, and company for possible ways to expand or change your current role or position.  Then begin exploring opportunities in other organizations and industries by conducting occupational, labor market, industry, and company research.

(Career Exploration)

  • Occupational Information and research
  • Labor Market information
  • Industry and Company Research

Review and Make Adjustments to Your Career Development Plan

Create and follow a map for career success, just as if planning a trip.  Set short- and long-term goals, then review and adjust them as you progress along your journey.  Career coaches and workshops can be a great asset as you develop and maintain your map.

Actions:

The Center for Career Development offers career exploration resources that can provide direction as you navigate your career.

Explore and Research Career and Occupational Information

Occupational Information:

Company and Labor Market Information:

Industry and Company Research

Research potential employers and work environments

There are three major employment sectors that you will need to research to determine the best fit for you:

  • Private sector: consists of profit-making businesses
  • Public sector: refers to federal, state, and local government
  • Nonprofit sector: made up of those organizations where the bottom line is mission and purpose rather than profit

Sites of interest:

Conduct Informational Interviews with people who work in career fields of interest to you.  Spend a day on the job with a professional.

Develop your interests and skills through student/professional organizations

Cultivate Your Networking Skills

  • Build relationships to let others know who you are and what you have to offer. Sharing information and ideas with others who have a mutual professional interest is an essential tool in reaching your career goals.

The goal of this section is to help you put into action a plan for gaining career related experience and building job search skills.

A time of Action

Gain career related experience by looking for leadership opportunities and/or internships. Your job search skills can be developed by attending workshops and networking events.

(Action Plan)

  • Skills to develop
  • Education/training
  • Self-marketing
  • Networking, resume writing, interviewing
  • Follow up
  • Obstacles/strategies

Review and Make Adjustments to Your Career Development Plan\

Create and follow a map for career success, just as if planning a trip.  Set short- and long-term goals, then review and adjust them as you progress along your journey.  Career coaches and workshops can be a great asset as you develop and maintain your map.

Actions:

The Center for Career Development offers assistance with creating an action plan for gaining experience and building job search skills.

Build Your Professional Portfolio

  • Keep a detailed record of your professional/educational accomplishments and let colleagues in your workplace and beyond know about them. This will help you develop a powerful pitch when it’s time to search for a new job, either within your current company or with a new one.

Develop a Powerful Résumé.  Maintain It.

  • Review and polish your résumé on a regular basis, adding accomplishments when they occur and new skills as they are developed. It should be the “living document” of your career.
  • Submit your résumé to be reviewed by a member of Franklin’s Expert Résumé Review Team 
  • Attend CCD’s Résumé Writing workshops

Create Your Personal Brand

  • Create a personal brand strategy to determine what sets you apart from others and makes you unique. Then you can define strategies that will create a positive perception. Success in business is based largely on the perceptions of who you are and what you have to offer.

Assume Active Leadership Roles

  • Take the lead in school and work team projects

Gain Experience through an Internship

Learn About Successful Job Search Planning. Attend CCD’s Career Development and Job Search Workshops

Participate in Networking Events

  • Professional organization meetings
  • Job search networking groups
  • Student/Alumni networking events

Join Professional and Trade Associations

Start Preparing for Graduate School if Your Career Choice Requires an Advanced Degree

Continue to Gain Career-Related Work and Leadership Experience

Know What’s Happening in Your Field

  • Research issues relevant to your profession through trade journals, magazines, and websites, and you can adapt to any shifts in the landscape of the industry and adjust your career goals accordingly. 

Keep Your Skills Strong

  • Don’t stop learning. Stay in tune with changes in your industry so your knowledge won’t become obsolete. Even if you’re currently successful, you can advance your career goals by embracing professional development opportunities – offered through professional associations, Franklin University, and your own company – and becoming a lifelong learner.
  • Learn more about Franklin’s Center for Professional Training & Development.

Questions about career support services?

For more information about what the Center for Career Development has to offer, email us today.

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