Career Exploration Tools are just that -- tools. They are NOT magic tests or predictors of exactly what you are meant to do. They help you think about and uncover interests, skills, motivators to use in your exploration of the many occupations that are out there.
It can be difficult and often overwhelming to evaluate your own unique characteristics and find where they fit in with the more than 30,000 careers available in today’s workforce. Even people who have been in the workforce for years may not have discovered the exact job that provides adequate enjoyment, challenge, and satisfaction. It is extremely important to spend some time thinking about yourself, specifically what you like, what you’re good at, and what’s important to you in a job. These areas can also be referred to as your interests, skills, and values. It is also critical to spend time exploring the numerous career areas in the world of work and learn about how to get into the ones that interest you.
Please find a list below of free, online resources.
Maine state tools
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MDOL's Center for Workforce Research and Information (CWRI) provides data on wages, jobs in demand, employment and industry trends and much more.
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Federal/National Tools
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This tool is aimed at providing job seekers with information on more than 900 occupations, as well as local job openings and training opportunities in a simple, user-friendly format.
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This site is designed to help those with previous work experience match their existing skills to new occupations
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An interactive application for exploring and searching occupations (check out the 2pg handout on how to navigate the site)
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U.S. DOL (Department of Labor) site that helps individuals explore career opportunities to make informed employment and education choices (includes some assessments)
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If you have some career ideas, but you wish you knew more about the careers, the degrees or licenses required, how much you could earn and whether or not there would be a job for you after your education, -- this is the website you want to explore! (Don't miss the A-Z listing of careers.)
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other free resources
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This tool will give you insight into the work environment that would be a good fit for you. It will take about 15 minutes and be time well spent. Print off your summary page or save it to a folder on your computer.
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The famous psychologist, Carl Jung, had a radical theory that there are only 16 major personality types in the world! It is still a theory, but, it is well-tested and has produced hundreds of personality inventories based on his work (the most famous being the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator). This link takes you to a free online min-version of the assessment to see which personality type you possess. (Remember, a personality type does not limit you! It just indicates your preferences for processing information and stimuli, and helps identify interactions/activities that might give you energy or drain your energy!) Go to the section labeled "Jung Typology Test" and click on "Take Test."

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First, take the Jung Typology Assessment to find out which personality type you possess. Then,  follow this link to a site with information on all 16 types to investigate yourself even further.

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Here is a useful tool for thinking about how certain majors can turn into careers. It doesn't have all of the possible majors, but, it has quite a lot. Check it out!
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You have used skills which are not limited to any one academic discipline or knowledge area but are transferable to many occupations.

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There is a long listing of college and major search websites here on MyYCCC as well!
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It's important not only to assess what you're good at, but how motivated you are to utilize and build on those skills.

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This version allows you to add your own cards