Please note: this Systematic Career Exploration Approach (SCEA) section of my website is still in beta (i.e., under develoipment). Please contact me with questions, concerns, and ideas regarding what I’m building here.
Most adults spend the majority of their waking hours at their job. People who enjoy their jobs tend to earn more money, report greater satisfaction with their lives, and experience better health. People are more likely to enjoy their job when their job is interesting to them.
Therefore, career exploration specialists typically encourage people to go into an occupation that matches their personal interests, as well as their skills, values, personality, etc.
But there are more than 900 occupations that exist today. How are you supposed to identify which occupation is the best fit for you?
Most people stumble into an occupation in a haphazard fashion, their journey shaped by the classes they took in school and random conversations with teachers, family, and friends. Sometimes, this works out fine. Other times, it leaves people with an academic degree in a field they don’t actually like or stuck in a job that pays the bills but leaves them feeling unfulfilled.
Fortunately, there are systematic ways to identify the specific occupation (or occupations) that is a great match for who you are–the occupation that will maximize your job satisfaction and help you feel fulfilled.
Ideally, everyone would work with a qualified career exploration specialist who is trained to guide their clients through a systematic career exploration process. However, most of us don’t have the money or opportunity to obtain personal career counseling.
Thankfully, there are many free, high-quality online resources that can help you explore the world of work. Unfortunately, these high-quality resources are hard to find in the vast ocean of low-quality resources that lack alignment with current career counseling practices or try to manipulate people for financial gain.
This is what motivated me to make the Systematic Career Exploration Approach (SCEA) © available to the public.
The SCEA is a method of systematically exploring yourself and the world of work in order to find the occupation that fits you best. It is not a occupations database, personality test, or comprehensive career platform (lots of these already exist). Rather, it’s a step-by-step guide that teaches you how to use high-quality resources (that can be accessed via the internet for free) in order to make informed career decisions.
The SCEA combines the best of what I have learned about effective career exploration as a career counselor, licensed psychologist, and university professor. (Learn more about my professional qualifications here.) It incorporates many of the same tests, resources, and strategies that $100/hr career counselors use with their paying clients.
Access to the SCEA is completely free of charge, and always will be. I believe it’s important that all people, including those who didn’t have the cultural and financial privileges that I had growing up, are afforded access to good career exploration resources.
The following pages in this section of my website will walk you through the four steps of the SCEA:
- Step 1: Explore Your Career Interests
- Step 2: Create Your Occupations Roster
- Step 3: Narrow Your Occupations Roster
- Step 4: Identify Education & Training Options
Before we jump into Step 1, let’s start with an overview of some key things you should know when using the SCEA.
(By further accessing the SCEA webpages, you agree to the terms and conditions set forth on the SCEA Fine Print.)