A complete guide on an individual career plan should include steps on how to assess your skills, interests, and values; identify potential career options, and create a plan to achieve your goals.
To get started, visit The Strong Interest Inventory Career Report page:
And enter your unique identifier (assigned by our system after purchase). After subscribing to the Career Exploration Service, you will gain access to your Strong Interest Inventory Career Report.
The report contains over 400 occupational titles, which are organized into six sections:
Environment, Activities, Work Styles, Personal Traits, Industry, and Global Perspectives. Each section is further subdivided into groups of related occupations; the titles in each group share similar traits (interest areas).
In the Career Exploration Service, you will see how each of these six sections and their groups fit your interests as measured by your Strong Interest Inventory results. You will also receive a list of occupations for each section that match certain levels of interest. For example, if you score high on Artistic in the Creative group under Environment, you might also score high on Actor, Photographer, or Painter as a potential occupation.
In some cases, you may see multiple occupations listed as possibilities for each section:
In those cases, this means that the level of interest indicated by your scores is generally considered to be a good match for all of those careers. There are many possible reasons why an interest might be considered a good match for multiple occupations. For example, someone with high Investigative scores is likely to use similar skills and traits in both Forensic Pathologist and CSI Investigator, but the different work settings (hospital/morgue vs. crime lab) account for the differences in these occupations.
Your Career Exploration Service report will also include your top six interest areas and the related occupational titles:
These are the main interest areas that describe you best based on your Strong Interest Inventory assessment results. For example, someone with high Enterprising scores is likely to score high in Business Management, Entrepreneurship, Sales Management, Communication Technology Design, Advertising/Marketing Management, and Communications Director.
After reviewing your Career Exploration Service report, you can identify potential career options by narrowing down these lists of titles to those that are most interesting. From there, you can use the information on each occupation’s website to learn more about that career field. You can also talk with people working in careers that interest you, which is another great way to learn more about a career.
Once you have identified possible occupations that interest you, the next step is to find out if your education and work experience match these careers. If so, you can start planning how to enter the field by researching typical educational requirements and job outlook for each occupation. You can also contact people currently in these careers for their input.
People who are just starting in their careers often find it helpful to connect with experienced employees in these fields for advice about further education, work experience, and job prospects. Asking your guidance counselor or career center at school may be one way to get started finding people who can help guide you in the right direction.