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New Course to Explore Career Choice and Job Trends

Posted: May 2, 2014

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Erin Frock, Counselor, in the Career Corner, a lab area of RDMT 325 where students can work at one of four computer stations on career exploration or research.

Making important decisions often involves collecting pertinent information, and a new career exploration class will offer a multi-dimensional way to gather the needed facts for the task – CPD 123; Career Choices and Changes.

“The class is for people who want to do some intense career exploration,” said Erin Frock, Counselor at TMCC. “It will be a group process with a group dynamic, in addition to an individual, in-depth approach to figure out a good career path to follow. The course will benefit people who want more than the traditional methods of career exploration, where traditional methods didn’t help them enough.”

Interests, abilities, personality and goals are examined and how those factors can be used together in making an effective career choice.

Trends and demand for jobs will also be looked at. The class will use the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) information and resources on occupational shifts in Nevada and nationwide.

Two 10-week sections will be offered starting with the traditional beginning of the Fall semester and finishing at the end of October. The 2-credit class will transfer to other Nevada System of Higher Education institutions. A Monday, Wednesday section is offered from 2-3:15 p.m., and the Tuesday, Thursday section will be taught from 12:30-1:45 p.m.

Strong Interest Inventory and Myers-Briggs MBTI are two trusted assessments

“An inventory is an ungraded assessment, because there are no right or wrong answers; the answers are more of a personal guide,” Frock said.

One assessment is the Strong Interest Inventory (SII) based on ideas of John L. Holland, a psychologist and professor at Johns Hopkins University. He developed a theory of interests in occupation called the Holland Occupational Themes (RIASEC). He described areas of personality by using the shape of a hexagon divided into six wedges; realistic (practical), investigative, artistic, social, enterprising (persuading), and conventional (organizing).

“The Strong Interest Inventory will be used to assess interests – it’s a very common tool and traditional model for looking at possible career paths,” Frock said.

Another assessment that will be completed during the class is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Myers-Briggs is an inventory based on the work of Carl Jung. Personalities are tested for two opposing strengths, or dominant functions in each of four areas.

The first area is people-oriented; whether the person is more comfortable in an extroverted or introverted role. Next are the two poles of how people perceive the world; with hard facts the senses can detect, or exploring ideas, philosophies and intuition. Third is the decision-making predisposition for using a set of logical and consistent rules, or making choices based on analyzing each situation as unique, considering the human elements. In the fourth category, personalities preferring changing circumstances are contrasted with temperaments that favor more structure and routine in their day.

Career is not a “one size fits all” situation

In addition to personality and occupational trends, personal values also are considered.

“There’s not one recipe for everyone, no one way to choose your career,” Frock said. “You have to take into consideration; how long you want to be in school, how much money you want to make, and how you personally measure success.”

The new course is designed to help students make informed decisions and set professional goals.

“It will give students a place to learn more about themselves in their own space, learn a skill set for researching occupations and see how they fit into their own future with a satisfying and fulfilling career,” Frock said. “It’s empowering to find out where you want to be.”

More information about the new CPD 123 class can be found in the Fall class schedule, or by emailing Erin Frock at

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