If most people spend about a third of their adult lives at work (according to the World Health Organization), it makes sense to take the time to find the right fit and enjoy what you do. We asked Jackie Hing, associate director for career development and programming of Rice’s Center for Career Development, about her helpful course, “Your Best Fit: Discovering Your Career Options” that begins on March 5.
Students in your course take the Strong Interest Inventory, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and the Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation-Behavior (FIRO-B). Why are these assessments so important?
The assessments are a way to gain self-knowledge and to see that knowledge in career-related terms. Specifically, each assessment used in the class explores the factors typically appreciated in career decision-making and development; i.e, interests (or motivators), personality strengths, and values.
What's more important is the discussion during the class that facilitates application of the results. Beyond choosing a career or job title, what else impacts satisfaction? Things such as preferred work style, the culture of an organization, and how you like to relate to others can sometimes have a greater impact than the actual job duties.
What if I already have a job? Why take this course right now?
It’s always better to engage in career exploration before you have to! Nothing looks good when you're feeling anxious or angry about a current situation, and you want to give yourself time to explore options. The assessments used in this course have a high degree of reliability and validity, so the results are not going to change dramatically. What you learn from the assessments will remain stable, meaning you won't have to retake them when you are ready to make a change.
What about you? What's important to you when finding the right fit at work? Leave a comment and let us know.