This is the homework for the second meeting of the Job Club that may be especially helpful to people with disabilities.
What are my skills?
What are my interests?
How can I combine them into a job search?
Suggestions taken from wikiHow: “How to decide on a career field”
1. Begin by determining what you like to do.
Use scratch paper or take turns writing on the whiteboard or appoint someone who will write on the whiteboard all the things you like to do. Don’t stop and correct yourselves. Just create.
2. Identify the skills you use when you're doing the thing(s) you like to do.
Do the same thing you did in #1 but this time list all the skills you use when you are doing the things you enjoy. For example, if you like to cook, you are stirring, measuring, counting, arranging, scooping, tasting, judging quantities, etc. Don’t stop and correct yourselves. Just make that list.
3. Think of fields broadly.
Look at the skills you listed in #2. Think of all the possible jobs that might use those skills. For example, if you like to take things apart and put them back together, you might like fixing cars, fixing computers, etc. Make a list.
4. Consider cross-field work.
Don’t limit yourself to just one kind of work or college major. Look at #2 and #3 again. For example, if you like to cook, you are stirring, measuring, counting, arranging, scooping, tasting, judging quantities, etc. Are there other areas where you need to know how to stir, measure, count, arrange, scoop, taste, judge quantities? And if you also like taking things apart and putting them together, could you combine them with stirring, counting, arranging, scooping, tasting, judging quantities? Perhaps you could create your own job or start a business with a unique product or service.
5. Learn as much as possible about the qualifications required for fields that interest you.
Read, research, network, talk to others.
6. Find people who work in the field and learn from them.
Again, read, research, network, talk to others.
7. Evaluate your choice of field according to your own perceptions and the information you have gathered.
After you have gathered information from #1 through #6 is this really what you want to do? It is okay to change your mind.
8. Sign up for an educational or training program in the career of your choice.
If you can’t afford to spend a lot of money on a course, look for free classes at a public library or community center. Some colleges have career guidance programs for alumni and alumni audit classes at reduced cost for alumni.
9. Keep POSITIVE.
A positive attitude goes a long way. Don’t give up.
Go around the table, and take turns sharing your experiences, both positive and negative. Do you have suggestions for anyone? Do you need suggestions? Feel free to express yourselves. The only rule is to respect everyone’s opinion and right to privacy.
Short Myers Briggs:
Guardians "Security Seeking" -- SJ
ESTJ - "The Supervisors"
ISTJ - "The Inspectors"
ESFJ - "The Providers"
ISFJ - "The Protectors"
Artisans "Sensation Seeking" -- SP
ESTP - "The Promoters"
ISTP - "The Crafters"
ESFP - "The Performers"
ISFP - "The Composers"
Rationals "Knowledge Seeking" -- NT
ENTJ - "The Fieldmarshals"
INTJ - "The Masterminds"
ENTP - "The Inventors"
INTP - "The Architects"
Idealists "Identity Seeking" -- NF
ENFJ - "The Teachers"
INFJ - "The Counselors"
ENFP - "The Champions"
INFP - "The Healers"
shy or outgoing
dreamy or detailed
thinking or feeling
decision maker or information gatherer
Here is the link to the Department of Labor’s O*Net web site:
One can find all kinds of information about occupations on this site including the job duties for the occupation, outlook for the number of jobs the occupation is expected to generate in the future, the skills and abilities needed for the occupation, the type of working environment for the occupation, the software and/or tools used in the occupation, and the interests people have who are employed in the occupation.