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Factors in Career Selection

An enormous life decision is on your plate right now.  You feel like you must decide what you want to be when you grow up.  Here’s a list of factors to consider when exploring careers and making this decision. As you research each occupation, think about which of these factors apply.  Find more details in your Career Cruising Account.

Earnings & Security

  • Meets earning expectations
  • Future advancement
  • Future of industry
  • Future of occupation
  • Benefits
  • Job security

Occupation Attributes

  • Geographic requirements
  • Level of responsibility
  • Level of education required
  • Requirement for continuing education
  • Work environment
  • Types of co-workers
  • Helping others
  • Autonomy
  • Variety
  • Physical demands

Use of Personal Qualities

  • Utilizes top transferable skills
  • Utilizes aptitude
  • Meets values expected
  • Utilizes special interests/knowledge
  • Makes use of hobbies
  • Utilizes past experience
  • Job satisfaction
  • Working conditions
  • Job growth
  • Travel
  • Entrepreneurship opportunities
  • Utilizes personal strengths