Career Planning Quiz—Answers
MYTH #1: Career testing should tell me exactly what occupation is the right one for me.
FACT: No test will tell you exactly what occupation is the right one for you. Test results are just another way to have information about yourself and should be carefully treated as such. A career counselor cannot tell you what occupation would be best for you; however, he or she can guide you through the decision-making process.
MYTH #2: There is a single occupation that is best for me.
FACT: No single occupation is perfect for you. There are many occupations that can potentially meet your career choices. The choice of a career often requires you to balance the disadvantages with the advantages and then make choices between desirable alternatives.
MYTH #3: Once I have done career planning I won't need to do it again.
FACT: The career planning process will continue throughout your lifetime. It is probable you will change jobs, or even occupations, several times during your working career.
MYTH #4: Career planning will change what I think it is I want to do.
FACT: Your goal may or may not change. If it does, a change will be based upon better information about yourself and the types of work better suited to you. Career planning will not adversely affect plans that are realistic and informed but, instead, serve to confirm such plans.
MYTH #5: I already know all I need to know about different occupations.
FACT: You may have incomplete information. Television and movies often present unrealistic pictures of what is really involved in a given occupation. Also, there are usually "hidden" parts of a job that may not be obvious at first. Fortunately, there are sources of reliable information readily available to help you find out about these things.
MYTH #6: I don't really need to worry about choosing a major until my second year of college.
FACT: The longer you wait the more likely you will have to take additional courses beyond the minimum needed to graduate. Some majors require that certain courses be taken during the first semester. Without proper planning you will spend more time and more money than necessary to complete your degree.
MYTH #7: Taking classes and seeing how I do is the best way to decide on a career.
FACT: The "take a class and see how it fits" strategy is not the best way to explore possible careers. It is better to do some self assessment and career exploration before taking courses related to requirements of occupations you are considering.
MYTH #8: I just don't have the time to devote to career planning right now.
FACT: You probably can't afford NOT to spend the time on career planning right now! In the long run, career planning can save you time and money. Unrealistic or misguided career plans can cause you to take unnecessary courses, or do poorly in courses not matched to your skills, or otherwise cause you to spend more time and money to reach your goals.
Adapted from CareerNFOsource 4/3/02