Discover Your Possible Careers With These Free Tools

I grew up in Brazil, South America.  Kids in northern Brazil love to fly kites.

They’ll often engage in kite wars.   They mix glue and crushed glass together in a bown and run the string through it.

Then, while flying the kites, they  “cross string” with another kite.  They’ll make kite dance and dive, until the one with the strongest, sharpest string cuts the other one out of the sky.

The kite that is ‘cut’  drifts away on the breeze.  And a herd of kids chases after it, trying to claim the ‘cut’ kite as their own.

aspergers possible careersImagine your ideal career as a kite recently cut loose by another kite.

It’s floating along toward the city capital.

The city capital represents finding and locating that career you want.

But in order to find it, you have to make your way to the city capital.

In addition, suppose you’re from out of town!   You’ll need a compass and a map to help you find your way.

Whether you have Aspergers or not, your compassis your understanding of your interests, preferences, and skill sets.  You then need to figure out possible careers that may require those interests, preferences, and skills.  These free tools can be your map.

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 To find a career to which you are adapted by nature, and then to work hard at it, is about as near to a formula for success and happiness as the world provides. One of the fortunate aspects of this formula is that, granted the right career has been found, the hard work takes care of itself. Then hard work is not hard work at all.  ~Mark Sullivan

Before you begin:

a) Realize that these free tools are just a starting point.  Free sites can only take you so far.  You can get a better idea of your skills, personality, and interests.  However, nothing takes the place of in-depth self reflection over time.

b) Put your career file together.  Whether online or offline, create a file system to collect your self assessment information.  It’s like putting a jigsaw puzzle together.  Each assessment or quiz is like another piece of the puzzle, bringing you closer to your possible careers.

c) Go to the local community college and get to know a career adviser.

Community colleges play an important role in helping people transition between careers by providing the retooling they need to take on a new career.  President Barak Obama
Need I say more? :)
d) Take a career class.  While you’re at the community college, sign up for a career class.  You’ll be surprised about how much you’ll learn.
e) Take time to understand your Aspie strengths and challenges. How can your strengths serve you as you identify possible careers?  What coaching, counseling, or education may you need to overcome Aspie challenges that may hold you back for your particular career?
f) The sites I share with you will require an e-mail address.  You may want to create a unique email address at Gmail or another free e-mail service so that you keep your career email separate from your personal email.

Career Path

Whether your employed or not, this site will help you a) identify other possible jobs that you will enjoy, or b) identify a career that’s a good fit for you.

If you’re already employed, yet uncertain about potential layoffs, you’ll want to know what other types of jobs are available in your occupation or industry.

On the other hand, you may be completely confused about what careers may be right for you.

In that case, you’ll want to take the free career assessment quiz that helps you pinpoint your interests, preferences, and skills.  You can then find possible careers and jobs that match your profile.

The Career Tests section  you through whatever stage you’re at in your career journey, whether you are just starting out, considering a career change, or curious about your current chosen career path.

Monster.Com

You’ll enjoy the Career Tools section of Monster.Com.  However, think of this as a bird’s eye view.  The tools not quite as effective as the Career Path site, but you may pick up more self discovery items here to add to your Career Folder.

My favorite tabs under this section are the Career Snapshots , which will help you understand some sample jobs for a particular career; Career Mapping  to help you identify and plan for possible careers; and the Skills and Analysis page .  When you go to the skills and analysis page, you’ll type in the name of your ideal career and the search engine will return some of the top skills you’ll need to be successful in that career.

48 Days Podcast, 48 Days Website, and the 48 Days Book

Dan Miller is a career coach and business man who helps thousands find work they love.

Dan Miller is one of my online mentors.   I haven’t really spoken to him, but he has mentored me through his book, his blog, and his podcast.

His podcast inspires you to find work that you love.

His book guides you through a 48 day process to find work you love.  Here’s a book summary from Amazon.com:

In 2009, the U.S. unemployment rate approached ten percent. Today, when new work is found, it may not be traditional. Studies estimate half of the American workforce will soon consist of freelancers, consultants, independent contractors, entreprenuers, “electronic immigrants,” and so forth. Are you ready for the new normal?

Dan Miller has seen it coming for years.  But his thriving vocational best seller, 48 Days to the Work You Love, is not so much about finding a new job as it is learning about who we are really called to be in relation to our vocation-whatever shape that career may take in these changing times.  According to the author, failing to make that fundamental discovery of calling is why so many people find themselves in jobs they hate.  But now, thousands upon thousands are finding the work they love, thanks to practical advice from this leading career counselor.

Conversational and creative, Miller helps the reader understand one’s God-given skills and abilities, personality traits, values, dreams, and passions.  Doing so helps us recognize clear patterns that will point toward successful decisions along the career path.  Step by step, this updated edition of 48 Days to the Work You Love reveals the process for creating a Life Plan and translating that plan into meaningful and fulfilling daily work.  Let the countdown begin!

Once you get the 48 Days to the Work You Love book, you can use the 48 Days Worksheets to pace yourself as you go through the process of self-discovery.

Please use these free tools to point you in the direction of your possible careers.  Start today!

photo credit: Johann Larsson

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