By James C. Gonyea and Larry Goldsmith
To begin using this program...
The self-directed program found here has been used by thousands of students and adults nationally and internationally for more than four decades and is the basis of many commercial career guidance programs and materials.
To help you select a career goal, we will guide you in completing the following tasks (in the order presented):
You must complete the program in the order presented above as completion of one task prepares you for the completion of the next task.
Directions for completing each task and for recording your results will be provided in a series of downloadable PDF files (see below). PDF files can be read on both Windows and Apple computers. However, to read PDF files you need a PDF reader.
To keep your download materials organized, we suggest you print and store them in a 3-ring binder with tab dividers labeled 1-20.
There is NO time limit for completing this part of the CareerSMARTZ program – proceed as quickly or as slowly as you wish. Some past users have pushed themselves to complete the program in only a few days of part-time work, while others have spread the work out over several weeks or months. The program works best if you spread the work out over a 1-2-week program working on it a few hours at a time each day.
How fast or slow you go is up to you. However, considering the importance of selecting the right career, and the pain caused by a poor career choice, we strongly encourage you to give this program adequate time to work its magic!
Index and Tasks
Index – Download and print this document. It contains a listing of all the materials for this part of the CareerSMARTZ program. Use it to organize your materials, especially if you wish to use a 3-ring binder to save your materials.
Task 1: Define Your Career Selection Criteria. Use these guides to define your career interests, skills, values, behavioral traits, and career preferences for use as criteria when selecting a career goal.
Task 2: Identify Possible Career Options. Use these guides to work with the world’s largest online database of occupations to find occupations related to your career criteria.
Task 3: Select Your Top 3 Career Options. Use these guides to review each career option that you have chosen to identify the top 3 most desirable options.
Task 4: Identify The Talent Needed For Your Top 3 Career Options. Use these guides to examine the nature of each of your top 3 career options to determine what type of talent is required for success in each occupation.
Task 5: Select a Tentative Career Goal. Use these guides to determine which of your career options best matches your career criteria.
Task 6: Define a Tentative Career Mission. Use these guides to define the objectives you hope to achieve when you begin your new career. Your mission statement will help you define the talent that you will need to achieve success in your career.
Task 7: Identify Your Career Entrance Qualifications. Use these guides to define factors such as education or training, certificates, licenses, etc. that you need to complete or acquire in order to enter your chosen career.
Task 8: Arrange Your Entrance Qualifications Into a To-do Checklist. Use these guides to arranged the qualifications that you need to develop into a sequential “to-do” checklist to guide your steps in preparing for your new career.
Task 9: Get a Professional Opinion. Use this guide to learn how to gain a second opinion from a professional career guidance counselor regarding your tentative career goal and mission to avoid making a poor decision that will punish you later.
Task 10: Define Your Final Career Goal and Mission. Use this guide to define your final career goal and mission taking into consideration advice obtained from a professional career counselor.