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Careers & Job Knowledge

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Career Decision Making Philosophy 
Learning about who we are (self knowledge) and what activities we want to do to support ourselves and enjoy our lives (career knowledge) are both continual life learning pursuits...generally the more occupational tasks we try, or experience, the more we know about ourselves and occupational (job) options.  The trend developing is for people to change their occupations more than prior generations.  Here is a graphic from a college career placement webpage (buffalo state) that shows this career life learning process as a cyclical one.  To help get the big picture on changing career trends, see how you do on this short career statistics quiz and read over the research for the answers -  
  • Many of these linked resources are from colleges and states' work development webpages
    • Most popularly declared major for many 4 year college and universities is "Undecided"
  1. Available Open Jobs
  2. State of Iowa provides, through Iowa Workforce Development, jobs information like apprenticeships:
    Apprenticeships - apply Spring of Gr.12 at
    Apprenticeships - hired at lower pay at first ($10-$14 per hour is $20,000-$28,000 yearly) to assist those with higher skill while also becoming educated to obtain higher skills yourself, your pay increases as does your skill. Great way to become trained for career at no cost while earning salary & experience. Once apprentice training is completed pay typically has doubled to $40,000-$60,000 (often as newly licensed Journeyman).
    JOB LISTINGS - apply Senior Year at
    Zip Recruiter job search by area in U.S. =
  3. is an online tool chest of personal assessments, career descriptions, college search engines, and even scholarships related to career & college program interests. Each Panorama 8th Grader & HS student has created an account to complete the guide-way activities per grade level; explore this large website to explore career possibilities. 
  4. Our federal government, through the The U.S. Bureau of Labor
    1. student exploration careers and aspects of being an informed consumer
    2. "Occupational Outlook Handbook" descriptions, future outlook, and necessary training for most jobs in U.S.
  5. We want students to understand the skill of finding personally meaningful work because...
    1. Near half of the working adults in U.S. would prefer to have a different job ( article by Bianca Siedman)
    2. Americans change their jobs up to 7 times throughout our adult lives (bizcommunity, recruitment news article)
    3. Americans in future will continually have new job possibilities due to technological advances & changing work places (Department of Labor about technology transforming the economy)
  6. Characteristics that will effect future jobs
    1. Driverless Vehicles: End of the road for truckers?, (article by Urmee Khan, for CNN, 2014)
    2. Occupations with the most job growth 2012 and projected 2022, Bureau of Labor Statistics
    3. Employment Projections 2012-2022
      , Bureau of Labor Statistics, posted Dec. 19, 2013
    4. Americans will continue to face more job insecurity due to globalization (Globalization: we created a culture of job insecurity)
  7. Various Sources of Job Information:
    1. The Most Common Jobs for the Rich, Middle Income, and the Poor, 10-16-2014, - Incomes of 10 most popular jobs in each 10th percentile bracket, good visual chart
    2. Washington Post, February, 2015 "Want to do what you love and get paid for it chose one of these majors 
    3. Iowa Workforce Development powerpoint presentation to upperclassmen, Lisa Smith, Fall 2016
    4. Western IOWA Advantage, Employer Educator Summit, Fall 2015, CWebner notes
      1. Statistics: job trends & salaries related to education/skill levels (pdf below)
      2. Pg.1, Many with Associate of Arts Degrees (community college) earn more than those with Bachelors Degree (traditional 4 year college), 4yr College Major Unemployment Rates compared to Job Growth Rates of Trades jobs, Skills Needed for Jobs have Changed since 1960's
      3. Pg.2, list of statistics showing value in community college trades programs in comparison to 4 yr colleges.
      4. Pg.3, Iowa comparison chart of number of jobs to number of workers, reducing unemployment rate alone will not supply workforce needed in Iowa chart
      5. Notes (Jim Ober & Scott Winey share their success in growing their personal careers & professions for others in Iowa - Consider how these two Iowans create valuable jobs in Iowa?)
    5. Ray Kurzweil: Humans will be hybrids by 2030, director of engineering at Google, (article notes an early projection to have self driving cars by 2009)
    6. Map: the most common Job in every state, 1978-2014, February 2015
    7. - companies looking to hire vocational workers giving on-the-job-training, Mike Rowe's WORK Foundation
    8. Career Statistics (brief 5 question quiz about getting a job after college/2 or 4  year degree),
Career Knowledge Building Activities
  1. Join our Agriculture Mr. Babcock to attend SWCC's CTE (career and technical education) Day each school year - the focus is on trades and technology career programs there in Creston, Iowa 
    1. Great way to investigate Information Technology careers (area Panorama doesn't have numerous courses but is high growth career area)
  2. Travel to a DMACC campus for their Career Discovery Days to see differing programs scheduled throughout the year. These 1-2 year  programs are popular & seem to have good job placement. Career Discovery Days are available at most DMACC locations, but transportation is provided for the Perry, Iowa, VanKirk Center Career Discovery Days.
  3. Research Your Favorite Company, Product, or Brand to see what it would take to be part of that business.(form listed with Grade 7 guidance page)
    For Example, look at job information and opening Pinterest shares - 
  4. Look at different college majors and see what jobs different colleges report graduates doing.
    - DMACC used to list their publication of Graduate Status Reports for each year of programs. They shared for each program how many student got their degree, diploma, or certificate and what they did after graduation, listing average salaries of graduates for most programs what do you see? 2013-14 DMACC Graduate Status Report
        or   2010-11 DMACC Graduate Status Report
More College's Graduate Job Trends:
- University of Iowa - What Can I Do With This Major?
- Iowa State University - College of Agriculture & Life Sciences Career Day listing of companiesgoing their to hire graduates.
- Berkley University of California Career Center
- University of Massachusetts Amherst - What Can I Do With This Major?
- See Webner's research on college programs that have extremely high job placement rates
4. Use America's Job Center Network online tool - to search for jobs using 1 or all of these 4 career trait fields - 
Bright Outlook - jobs that are growing in number in future
Green - jobs that help us sustain our natural resources
Registered Apprenticeship -  jobs that provide on the job training and pay you to becoming highly skilled, often including college education, without needing collect debt
Job Prep - use the different levels of prep (experience, training, education) to search for jobs
5. Use Bureau of Labor Statistics's  Occupation Finder; to search for jobs using 1 or all 5 career trait fields  - 
Education (traditional college options listed from No HS Diploma up to Doctorate/Ph.D)
On-the-Job-Training (included Apprenticeships!)
Projected Number of New Jobs (increases expected by 2022)
Projected Growth Rate (the higher the % growth, the better)
Median Salary (in 2012 half the country earned less than $34,750 & the other half earned more)
6. Look over our nation's Fastest Growing Jobs and research what characteristics and training the jobs need...if you don't know what job you want you might as well consider jobs that are growing and need people to begin your career adventure.
7. Read a Bureau of Labor Statistics's Career Outlook job interview, note answers to these below questions, compare & contrast findings with classmates who read about a different job
how did the person become tied to their job?
what challenge(s) did they overcome?
what advice did they share?
8. In cooperation with IowaWorks, Panorama Students in Gr. 11 & 12 can volunteer to complete the NCRC (National Career Readiness Certificationtest (math, reading, locating information), so they can 
show employers their skills; bronze, silver, or gold  (copy of certification or posting on resume) 
use this tool to shop for jobs that match your skill level or see specific job required skill levels
9. What Career Should I Choose? Solid theory Using Venn Diagram. Pay attention to activities that you like doing for long periods of time. Make Your Career Venn Diagram
Circle 1 = Your Natural Strengths, experiences you have had where time is lost because you enjoy what you are doing
Circle 2 = Passions & Interests, instead of faking a lifestyle you don't like because it brought someone else a good salary, spend your energy on those things (principles, causes, visions, values) that matter most to you
Circle 3 = Personality Traits, it may help to consider what kind of books you like, what compliments you seem to get, the types of things people ask for your help doing, you can always ask your family, classmates, teachers - then use the positive feedback for this circle
Where 3 circles intersect are those activities in your career "sweet spot"; career related activities that include aspects of you best self are you are likely to enjoy
10. Early Memories to Careers [ASCA C:A2.7]
  • Think back to an early memory. What was it about that experience that made it memorable? Think about how to share it as a short story -
  • What themes are present in your early memory story?
  • Describe the setting & main characters.
  • What was the focal issue (challenge, problem, or surprise)?
  • How did you respond to the issue?
  • Now analyze your writing:
  • Do you see connections from the early memory story to values, beliefs, strategies, or activities you have today, or may have just always had?
  • What career activities connect to your values, beliefs, strategies, or activities from your early memory story?
11. Iowa's Career Coach Online - take a quick or thorough Career Assessment to find occupations that fit your preferences, make a resume using the Resume Builder, ( website posted for free use thanks Iowa Workforce Development partnering with Iowa's colleges). Many community colleges are encouraging their students to use Career Coach, like Iowa Central in Fort Dodge - take a look at their career webpage and enter Career Coach after looking at the other suggestions ICCC has for students.
12. Personality & Career Types Survey Matching tools - take two or three and compare your results, ask guidance counselor for help interpreting the results and possible trends in your responses
Complete a Jung Personality Survey ( and review 4 letter code matching careers (using Ball State's Career Counseling webpage = answering the questions takes higher thinking than most such surveys shared with middle and high school students.
Oklahoma Regent Universities' Pen & Paper Career Interest Survey/pdf link
HOLLAND Codes - Find and then Use Your HOLLAND CODES  to SEARCH for possible careers (self knowledge & exploration matched to career knowledge/exploration)
Teachers can have students view the Holland Interests overview and Holland hexagon graphic
 as handouts to help understand the relationships between the 6 types before playing "The Party Game

  • 1st, Gr.6-12Get a Visual of the Holland Career Model to help you Learn about careers in relation to your interests using Holland Interest Hexagon graphic.  
    • With more life experiences we tend to have more interest in 1 or 2 of the 6 areas, with less life experience we may have a more balanced/even interest in the 6 areas.
    • The graphic oversimplifies to help us, please know we are all a blend of the 6 career/personality types
    • Wikipedia's Holland Code page offers more reliable explanation of Holland Codes, tools, & Job Examples for each of the 6 interest types
  • 2nd, Get yourself a Holland Code using any of these tools
    • if you get the same results from 2 or more of these tools, then you can be more confident about the codes they give you - if your codes are different for each tool, then this is just a way for  you to shop for possible careers
  • 3rd; use 6 areas of classroom to represent 6 different codes to facilitate student mingling at this "Party"
    • Gather with other people who have Holland Codes with the same 1st letter to share your opinion on the results (what makes sense to you and what doesn't seem like a "fit" and what is new possibility to you, IF access to internet handy the groups could look over list of ONet jobs by Holland type/see the levels of education too 1 for little or no preparation to 5 for high level of preparation/education), then with 2nd highest letter,  and then finally 2 of the top 3 letters that are same as yours 
Online Interactive tools Giving a Holland Code
  1. Iowa Central Community College in Fall of 2015-16 launched "Career Coach", which offers for free a quicker "Just Get Started" Holland Code Finder & a "Take a Longer Assessment" Holland Code Finder, both assessments give a listing of college career programs to consider  - Click here to use either Career Coach assessment to get yourself a Holland Code
    1. What are Career Programs? Answer: Career Programs are often called vocational training; very few liberal arts courses required to earn these degrees, focus is on learning how to do jobs related to technology &/or skills, so most people use these degree to get jobs, but some do transfer the credits towards a Bachelor Degree program or add other vocational trade certificates, diplomas, or associate degrees
    2. Want to know difference between a diploma and a degree?
    3. Look up an ICCC program description from their Academics webpage, read over the program, see what courses are required, & click on the Career Coach box to review:
      1. What jobs are growing in your area? (Career Coach is tailored for Iowa students)
      2. What do the jobs pay?
      3. What training do you need to get those jobs?
  2. Self-Assessment webpage listed by career counseling department of Los Angeles Mission Community College (titled Holland Code Quiz) Code)
  3. If you believe you have good awareness of the Holland Code, this "Careers by Holland Codes" is a fun way to sort careers by including and/or excluding types, then each career left in your selections is a description, average $alary, & expected job grow. Here's an example for Including "Building" & Excluding "Helping" -
    1. Agricultural or Food Scientist

      Agricultural and food scientists work to ensure that agricultural establishments are productive and food is safe.

      $57980 Building, Thinking, Organizing 16%
Worksheets Giving a Holland Code
  • Hawaii Public Schools Career Pathway Interest Survey/pdf link
    - 2 pages, 42 brief questions to determine Holland Code, specific jobs AND career pathways results
  • LA Mission CC Holland Code Worksheet Activity (pdf) to help think of self in relation to careers ranking 1-6 creates top 3 Holland Codes ties to college majors, adapted by Los Angelos Mission College -
  • Complete a quick Utah Workforce Services Holland Code worksheet
    &/or quick Holland Code worksheet
     and see samples of careers (University of Missouri, Career Center)
  • University of Missouri 
    (Columbia) 6 page pdf tool bridges interests to majors, using Holland Codes
  • Iowa State University uses 6 Holland Codes to describe their majors online, but calls the Holland Codes "Career Keys".  
    • Click on any of their majors to see the personal interest types (Career Key), then if you click on the Career Key given all the majors that correspond to that interest area are listed.
    • Example of ISU Using Holland Codes with their colleges: LIKE PEOPLE? If you know you are SOCIAL, then look over ISU's HUMAN SCIENCES descriptions of all their people centered programs
  • Find a possible career study path linked to list of Holland Codes with corresponding College Majors - use your top 2 or 3 Holland Code areas, click on the given career clusters that seem interesting to you, read over the description & click "Careers in this Cluster" again to see list of occupations for your shopping.  Review careers interesting to you and look for ones have the amount of education, salary, & future growth you are comfortable with considering more.
  • Activity/Grade Level Sequence for Advisers
  1. Gr.6; Holland Code Class Activity, "The Party" -
     (color handouts for each of 6 career/personality types)
  2. Gr.8&7; Colleges Use Holland Code Theory to help students find college programs & majors (see ISU & ICCC tools above)
  3. Gr. 9&10; Holland Code (interest code) quick interest assessment/pdf worksheet code finder
     using Steps 1 through 5 (source is "iSeek" - Minnesota's Career, Education, & Job Resource)
  4. Gr.11&12; Complete the online O Net Interest Profiler web assessment to see your interests & then select a training level to see different jobs that match your selections, 
  5. Gr.12; Explore Beyond Holland Codes to use other personality theory models to help match yourself to careers; Once you have some data on yourself, the O*Net Online job search tool  allows use of many different code theories to search for jobs; including Holland Codes (Vermont Student Assist. Corp. graphic) & Work Values (Rutgers Values WKS with 6 field tally)
    1. JUNG Typology (something different than Holland Code); complete the survey, get 1 of 16 coded personality types to read about, see careers tied to your Jung Code (linked from Los Angelos Mission College webpage)
      1. Jung Typology also used by therapists to help romantic couples, co-workers, etc. understand one another, so many websites have tools at cost for these applications - please remember to not pay for any online activities while completing school guidance activities.
  • 4th) Gr.6-12; If your tool didn't already lead you to the see descriptions about some interesting careers, then use this site, BLS Occupation A-Z Index & Search Bar, to look up the jobs suggested by this tools above; see job description, future growth, training/education (college, on-the-job-training/apprenticeship), & salary (remember in 2012, the median salary was $34,750 to help you gauge if that salary is "a lot" or not.)
  • 5th) "Check" the accuracy of the above tools you have already used by trying these (if the 2 sets of tools give the same type of information to you, you can have more confidence if the information):
    • Utah, Department of Workforce Services, "Know Your Personality with the Holland Code
      " pdf (either edit the pdf or print it off and complete by hand) 2pg 48 question survey with code finder & description of 6 areas with personality tendencies.
    • Online, Vocationary, Holland Code Career Search Tool, once you know your higher code (and code area you want to avoid can also be used), use this online tool that allows for selection of education level also, to see Jobs that Match Your Holland Interests.
  1. Warren Buffet career advice - find your passion, take the job you would take if you were independently wealthy (0:53)
  2. Mike Rowe, Don't Follow Your Passion - dream jobs are usually just that, dreams that keep you from discovering happiness (5m18s)
  3. Connan O'brien career advice - go to where they are making the thing you like and go there (2:18)
  4. Melanie Hobson's best career advice she has received (3:55)
  5. Steven Jobs' rules for success - really loving what you do gets you through the tough work & worrying, then be good talent scout to get great people to help you(1:28)
  6. U.S. News & Report/Marty Nemko - use good tools and spend time thinking it over (1:29)
  7. Mark Cuban advice for people who want to start own business
    1. Mark Cuban's 12 Rules for start-ups (13 min, 2014)