CAREERS EXPLORER

What is your ideal career?

 

Careers Explorer is an easy to use program to generate career ideas developed by the University of Kent Careers and Employability Service. By answering job-related questions you can compare your skills, interests and values with common graduate jobs. It will allow you to see which jobs might be worth further investigation as a future career.

Explorer can't tell you your perfect job! There are no right or wrong answers. It simply takes your answers and compares them with ratings for a variety of jobs to produce a list of best matches. If you make false assumptions about yourself, for example you think you are a good communicator when you are not, the program will produce job suggestions which match your assumptions, therefore try to answer honestly. Explorer deals mainly with jobs open to graduates of any subject, or jobs which you can enter via a postgraduate course (e.g. law, librarianship, psychology). Jobs which require a full undergraduate degree such as electronics or architecture are less well catered for. For these, see What can I do with my degree in.... or Prospects Planner a sophisticated career choice program.

Don't be afraid to change your answers on a "what if" basis or to try the program again at a later date - your values, interests and skills may have changed. You don't have to answer all the questions (although you must answer at least 3 to get meaningful results). You can get a profile of jobs based on answers to just a few questions if you wish to explore the effects of certain factors.

You will need Flash to use Explorer. You probably have it installed, but if not, you can download it by clicking here Be patient as the program may take a few seconds to load. If PRINTING your results change your printer settings from "portrait" to "landscape" to get a better printout.

The program is very easy to use, but if you encounter difficulties, please use the walkthough here.

We'd like your feedback on Explorer: what did you find most useful? Did you have any problems using the program? How could it be improved? Please email Bruce Woodcock with your comments.

If having used Careers Explorer you are still finding it difficult to choose a career direction, then be aware that your skills may be pulling you in one direction, whereas your interests and values are pulling you in another. For example you might be good at maths, but might dislike the thought of using it in a job. The next step might be to discuss these issues with a careers adviser.

How to use the program. choosing a career menu

The program is very easy to use, but if you encounter difficulties, please use the following walkthough.

When you open the program you will find a list of factors important in career choice. The first one is WRITING. If you click on this it will open a drop-down menu with a list of choices (see right):

Choose your response from the list. In this case the user has responded that they would like very much a career involving lots of writing.

The definitions box will give a definition of what is meant by this factor
(see below):

choosing a career menu

 

If you would like to ignore this factor , then leave your response as neutral.

 

choosing a career menu

Once you have made choices for at least three factors, click on the SUGGEST CAREERS button and a list of career suggestions will appear (see right):

 

You can click on any job title to bring up brief details of the job, in this case Event Manager
(see below):

choosing a career menu

You can if you wish to then click on the BLUE UNDERLINED JOB TITLE in the job description, to go to a web page about this career. This will open in a new window, so make sure that your browser is not set to block pop ups or it will not appear!