Self-Reflection Maren Auringer

A Brief Summary of my Career Assessments

My Career Cluster Areas

My top matching career areas include:

Education and Training

In the Education and Training cluster, you would have the opportunity to guide and train young people. As a teacher, you could influence young lives. In addition, you could support the work of the classroom teacher as a counselor, librarian, or principal. If you are interested in working with adults, you could provide training to employees in a business. Each of these settings provides you with the chance to help people learn and improve their lives.

Human Services

In the Human Services cluster, you would work with individuals and families to meet their personal needs.

Government and Public Administration

Through the national, state, and local governments, the public can express its will and make our way of life possible. Through government, individuals can act together to accomplish what cannot be done alone. Most of these actions are carried out only by the government. For example, the federal government includes the military for protection. It also includes ambassadors who represent us in foreign countries. It is Congress that passes laws. The Administration carries out and enforces those laws. You would find almost every occupation within the government. However, this Government and Public Administration career cluster focuses on those occupations that are unique.

My Key Interest Areas- SAE

My key interest areas include:

Social

People with social interests like work activities that assist others and promote learning and personal development. They prefer to communicate more than to work with objects, machines, or data. They like to teach, to give advice, to help, or otherwise be of service to people.

Artistic

People with artistic interests like work activities that deal with the artistic side of things, such as forms, designs, and patterns. They like self-expression in their work. They prefer settings where work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Enterprising

People with enterprising interests like work activities that have to do with starting up and carrying out projects, especially business ventures. They like persuading and leading people and making decisions. They like taking risks for profit. These people prefer action rather than thought.

Careers I would consider include:

  • Special Education Teacher
  • Social Worker
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Preschool and Kindergarten Teacher

My Personality Traits- ISFJ

ISFJs are characterized above all by their desire to serve others, their "need to be needed." In extreme cases, this need is so strong that standard give-and-take relationships are deeply unsatisfying to them; however, most ISFJs find more than enough with which to occupy themselves within the framework of a normal life.

I- Introvert

Introversion is a preference to focus on the world inside the self. Introverts tend to be quiet, peaceful and deliberate and are not attracted to social interactions. They prefer activities they can do alone or with one other close friend, activities such as reading, writing, thinking, and inventing. Introverts find social gatherings draining.

S- Sensing

Sensing refers to how people process data. Sensing people focus on the present, they are "here and now" people, who are factual and process information through the five senses. They see things as they are, they are concrete thinkers.

F- Feeling

Feeling refers to how people make decisions. Feeling people are subjective and make decisions based on principles and values. They are ruled by their heart instead of their head. Feeling people judge situations and others based on feelings and extenuating circumstances.

J- Judging

Judging is the preference outwardly displayed. Judging does not mean "judgmental". Judging people like order, organization and think sequentially. They like to have things planned and settled. Judging people seek closure.

Careers I would consider include:

  • Special Education Teacher
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Social Worker
  • Psychologist
  • Writer

My Strongest Skill Areas

My strongest skill areas include

Integrity

Avoiding unethical behavior and being honest.

Assisting/Caring

Providing assistance, care, or service to others.

Stress Tolerance

Dealing calmly and effectively with tense situations.

Writing

Communicating information and ideas in writing.

Listening

Listening to what people are saying and asking questions.

Careers I would consider include:

  • Special Education Teacher
  • Social Worker
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Preschool and Kindergarten Teacher

My Work Value Locator

My work value locator include:

Relationships

People for whom relationships are important like to work in a friendly, non-competitive environment. They like to do things for other people. They prefer jobs where they are not pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

Recognition

People for whom recognition is important like to work in jobs which have opportunities for them to advance, be recognized for their work, and direct and instruct others. They usually prefer jobs in which they are looked up to by others.

Working Conditions

People for whom good working conditions are important like jobs offering steady employment and good pay. They want employment that fits their individual work style. They may prefer doing a variety of tasks, working alone, or being busy all the time.

Life isn't about finding yourself, it's about creating yourself.

Support

People for whom support from their employer is important like to be treated fairly and have supervisors who will back them up. They prefer jobs where they are trained well.

Achievement

People for whom achievement is important like to see the results of their work and to use their strongest abilities. They like to get a feeling of accomplishment from their work.

Careers I would consider include:

  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Preschool and Kindergarten Teacher
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Social Worker

What I Learned About Myself

By completing the assessments, I found that overall, the things I want in my work are mostly the same all around. Whether it is my values or my personality, the jobs I found were very similar in all the areas. Coming into this class I had little idea of what I want to do. Now, I have a few options that I can look into as possible career choices.

I still have a long way to go, however. Even though many of the careers I got seem somewhat interesting to me, I do not find myself having the passion for them as others have for their career choices. I still have a bit of time before I need to decide, but overall I did learn a lot. These assessments not only gave me options, but also surprised me with the accuracy.

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