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PA Career Guide Interest Inventory

Looking for that perfect career? Assessing your interests can get you started on the right path. Read each statement below. If you agree with it, place a check mark in the box beside it. Remember: there are no wrong answers! Then, count up your marks to determine the three highest totals. Read about the different interest types and continue with the Matching Occupations to Your Interests activity that follows.

 

Are You:

Can You:

Like To:

 

Practical

 

Fix electrical things

Tinker with mechanics

Athletic

 

Solve mechanical problems

Work outdoors

 

Straight forward

 

Pitch a tent

Be physically active

Mechanically inclined

 

Play a sport

Use your hands

 

A nature lover

 

Read a blueprint

Build things

Operate tools and machinery

 

Work on cars

 

 

R Total = 

 

Are You:

Can You:

Like To:

 

Inquisitive

 

Think abstractly

Explore ideas

Analytical

Solve math problems

Use computers

 

Scientific

Understand physical theories

Work independently

 

Observant

Do complex calculations

 

Perform lab experiments

Precise

Use a microscope

 

Read scientific or technical

magazines

Operate tools and machinery

Work on cars

 

 

 

Analyze data

 

 

 

I Total =

 

Are You:

Can You:

Like To:

 

Creative

Sketch, draw, paint

Attend concerts, theaters, art

exhibits

Intuitive

Play a musical instrument

Read fiction, plays, poetry

 

Imaginative

Write stories, poetry, music,

sing, act, dance

Work on crafts

 

Innovative

Design fashions or interiors

Take photographs

 

An individualist

 

Express yourself creatively

 

 

A Total =

   

Are You:

Can You:

Like To:

 

Friendly

Teach/train others

Teach/train others Work in groups

 

Helpful

Express yourself clearly

Help people with problems

 

Idealistic

Lead a group discussion

Participate in meetings

 

Insightful

Mediate disputes

Do volunteer service

 

Outgoing

Plan and supervise an

activity

 

Work with young people

 

Understanding

Cooperate well with others

Play team sports

 

 

S Total =

 

Are You:

Can You:

Like To:

 

Self-confident

Initiate projects

Make decisions affecting

others

Assertive

Convince people to do

things your way

 

Be elected to office

 

Sociable

Sell things or promote ideas

Win a leadership or sales

award

 

Persuasive

Give talks or speeches

Start your own political

campaign

 

Enthusiastic

Organize activities and

events

 

Meet important people

 

Energetic

Lead a group

 

 

 

E Total =

 

Are You:

Can You:

Like To:

 

Well groomed

Work well within a system

Follow clearly defined

procedures

 

Accurate

Do a lot of paper work in a

short time

Use data processing

equipment

Numerically inclined

Keep accurate records

Work with numbers

 

Methodical

Use a computer terminal

Type or take shorthand

 

Conscientious

Write effective business

letters

 

Be responsible for details

 

Efficient

 

 

 

 

C Total =

 

 

What three letters have the highest scores? Record them under “My Interest Code”

My Interest Code

______ ______ ______

 

The following descriptions explain each of the six interest codes. For further

information about the careers that fall into each category, refer to page 8 in the Career Guide. Then, pair the interest codes with the occupations in the “Occupational Data Bank” section beginning on page 18 to explore careers that are often selected by people who share your interests.

R= Realistic: Realistic people are often good at mechanical or athletic jobs.

They like to work with things, like machines, tools or plants, and they like

to work with their hands. They are often practical and good at solving problems.

 

I= Investigative: Investigative people like to watch, learn, analyze and solve

problems. They often like to work independently, tend to be good at math

and science, and enjoy analyzing data.

 

A= Artistic: Artistic people like to work in unstructured situations where they

can use their creativity and come up with new ideas. They enjoy performing (theater or music) and visual arts.

 

S= Social: Social people like to work directly with people rather than things.

They enjoy training, instructing, counseling, or curing others. They are often good public speakers with helpful, empathetic personalities.

 

E= Enterprising: Enterprising people like to work with other people; they

particularly enjoy influencing, persuading, and performing. They like to

lead and tend to be assertive and enthusiastic.

 

C= Conventional: Conventional people are very detail-oriented and like to

work with data. They have good organizational and numerical abilities

and are good at following instructions. Conventional people also like

working in structured situations.

 

 

MATCHING OCCUPATIONS TO YOUR INTERESTS

Using your scores from the assessment test, you can find occupations that match your interests.  You will have to refer to the Occupational Data Bank (ODB) section of the Career Guide to answer some of these questions.

 

1. Record your interest profile from the assessment test:

______ ______ ______

 

2. Record two key words from the descriptions of each of the three letters of your

interest profile.

 

 

 

3. Do you believe that your interest profile matches your true interests? Why do you agree or disagree? ____________________________________________________________

 

 

4. True or False: You should explore and choose a career solely based on the scores you receive from your interest assessments. Argue your position.

_________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________

 

5. Fill in the three letters of your interest profile in the chart below. Using these as a starting point, look through the occupations listed in the ODB section of the Career Guide. (This section begins on page 18.) Select three occupations that match these letters. Based on these occupations, complete the grid below.

 

Interest

Code

 

Target Industry

Cluster

Cluster Specific

Occupation

 

Training

Level

 

 

Openings

per Year

 

Average Wage

Related

Industry

Clusters

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Are you interested in the occupations linked to your interest profile? If yes, which occupations? If no, look up other occupations that you are willing to learn more about.

_____________________________________________________________________

 

_____________________________________________________________________

 

 

7 Do further research onlineabout some of your chosen occuapations to find out if they’re a good fit.  This can be accomplished by using the National or Pennsylvania Occupational Outlook Handbooks. If printed copies are not available, these publications can be viewed  www.bls.gov/oco/home.htm (national) and by clicking on “Products” at www.paworkstats.state.pa.us (state). Fill out the chart to aid your search.

 

Occupation

 

Nature

of the Work

Working Conditions

Related Occupations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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