A free public service to help people make sound career decisions. This outstanding resource will take you step-by-step through the career exploration process, allow you to determine the types of employment which mesh best with your own personality and interests, obtain info about specific jobs from the Occupational Outlook Handbook, and learn more about making career decisions. Includes the Career Key written for middle school students, as well!!
This free, anonymous process helps you match yourself or another person with a given job. Assess your personal style using the Personal Style Indicator (PSI); assess the work behavior style for a job using the Job Style Indicator (JSI); you ask others to provide input, also.
Discover your place in the world and choose work that will be compatible with your own unique skills, knowledge, personality, and interests. Use the materials at this site to determine your own needs, then look for the right match in a workplace. Includes:
Find your niche -- answer these five questions and get instant feedback about possible careers you may not have considered; includes info such as job descriptions, salary, how to break into the business, profiles of people in the field, etc.
Take these personality tests online and determine your "psychological
type"; this site also provides a wealth of additional info about temperament, character, and personality, including Work and Temperament.
By assessing your skills, knowledge and abilities you will be better equipped to market yourself and obtain employment which will be suitable and satisfying to you. Includes information about The Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS).
This self-assessment, based on the work of Dr. John L. Holland, is
designed to help you match your interests and skills with similar
careers by getting you to think about how your personality will fit in
with specific work environments and types of employment.
The Career Center, University of Missouri at Columbia
After you determine your type, use the extensive info available on this site to gain insights into your personality and career options. If you aren't quite sure WHICH one is your type, the excellent descriptions can help you narrow down the choices, too.
The Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania provides this site with links to info on a variety of careers in the medical field which will allow you to begin exploring its opportunities, educational requirements and outlook. Includes links to educational institutions offering training programs, as well as to other pertinent organizations.
The Center for Health Careers / Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania
This site, by and for RNs, includes info on career management, continuing education, nursing career profiles, specialty areas, and unusual careers for RNs. Considering a Career in Nursing? Find out more about this field as well as trends and prospects for the future; job search and employer profiles are also available.
A nurse, recovering from a coma, describes her experience as the PATIENT. She draws on her expertise as a trained medical professional to document her journey on the road to recovery. Included are her experiences in the ICU and while undergoing physical therapy from her NEW perspective, on the other side of the bed.
Dick Bolles, author of What Color Is Your Parachute provides a useful collection of resources and helpful articles to help you figure out WHAT job you want as well as HOW and WHERE to find it. There's also a handy quick-reference Site Map so you'll also be able to locate the information you want quickly and easily.
Al Siebert, Ph.D. (author of The Survivor Personality) provides this Personal Traits Checklist for Homebiz Success, a list of traits common in people who have a better than average chance of successfully running a home based business.
This site will be especially helpful to those considering publication or sale of their own material and provides useful links to sources of additional information for writers, including: Freelancing 101.
The Department of Economic Development has links to Allegheny County's
Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) which can provide free valuable assistance to anyone, whether they are already established in business or just planning to start one.
Allegheny County Department of Economic Development