People must consider many factors when preparing for a career or seeking employment. Among important considerations are the levels of education and experience required, job expectations, work hours, physical demands, and salary. To effectively support clients, career counselors must be familiar with the range of tools available to research this information. Of all the factors, salary level has become increasingly important as the cost of living continues to rise. Begin exploring online resources to determine the salary level for specific jobs or careers. You may find it helpful to Google “career-outlook information,” review the O’Net website, or review UoR’s Career Exploration & Planning website (where you can locate the O’Net website and Occupational Outlook Handbook). You may search any job or career of interest.
Share the information you found.
· What source did you use and why?
· Was it easily accessible?
· What were some of the strengths and weaknesses about the source?
· How would the information be helpful to an individual deciding on a career path?
· How could the source be improved for career development?
Qualitative Career Assessment
According to McMahon, Watson, and Patton (2015), incorporating various types of qualitative and quantitative assessments in the career-development process can provide a more holistic approach to career counseling. While narrative approaches have increased in recent years, many have questioned how to incorporate them in career counseling.
McMahon, Watson, and Patton (2015) discuss several qualitative, narrative techniques that can be utilized with clients to assist them with career development. After reviewing their article titled “The Systems Theory Framework of career development: Applications to career counselling and career assessment” and reviewing the information in Chapter 5, address the following questions:
· How can qualitative assessments be used in the career counseling process to complement quantitative techniques?
· Of the three qualitative, narrative assessments discussed (My System of Career Influences [MSCI], Career Systems Interview [CSI], and My Career Chapter [MCC]), which one do you feel is more useful in the career-development process? Why?
· What are some of the potential advantages and disadvantages of utilizing the various qualitative, narrative techniques?
· How can qualitative, narrative assessments be beneficial to diverse populations?
Virtual Career One Stop
As you will learn in completing the Week Three written assignment, one-stop career centers have become increasingly popular as a means of meeting career-related needs. In keeping with technology, one-stop centers can be fully accessed online. Clients can access a range of resources from any computer with Internet access. While some advocates argue that career counseling is more effective when it is personalized and face to face, thousands of individuals utilize online resources to meet their employment needs on a daily basis. Career One Stop (http://www.careeronestop.org/), endorsed by the United States Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, is one such site. Visit the site. At minimum, search the following: “Explore Careers,” “Education & Training,” and “Salary and Benefits.” Search the “Salary and Benefits” area specifically for career-outlook information on a selected career.
What types of information did you find? If you were personally seeking employment, do you think the information would be helpful? From the position of an individual seeking employment, was there any information or support you might need that was not available? If so, what? Your post should be at least 300 words.