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1 CAREER AVENUES PROFILE Kym Sample Prepared by Dr Marian Kratzing, Psychologist, Career Avenues In association with Ms Loretta Toole, MLC Director of Careers

2 Once you have read through your report, please go to the Career Avenues website. Follow the Resources link to look up each career in the Career Snapshot section. Create an account if you have not done so already. Log in using the username and password you created. Follow the Resources link to the Career Snapshots section and enter your school key. Your school key is : XXXX Testing and profiling conducted by Career Avenues. Phone Career Avenues conducts in-school and private career profiling for younger people and adults exploring course and career options. For more information please visit our website at You can contact us for further individual help at any time. P a g e 1 MLC 2018

3 Introduction Kym, this career profile is part of your Career Development Program at school. It is designed to help you identify your strengths, interests and preferences, and to help you get started in researching some potential career options for when you leave school. The information in this report is based on the Career Profiling assessment that you recently completed with Career Avenues. The aim of the profile is to help you: Understand how you are different Appreciate your strengths Focus on your interests Evaluate your transferable skills Stimulate your thinking about possible exciting career ideas This profile is divided into five sections: 1. Your Personal Style 2. Your Different Reasoning Strengths 3. Your Transferable Skills Self-Assessment 4. Your Career Interest Groups at this point in time 5. Your Career Lists to Research 1. Your Personal Style The following profile has been prepared for you, Kym, based on your answers to the Career Avenues Type for Teenagers (CATT) questionnaire. This is a personal preferences questionnaire based on the personality preferences described by Carl Jung, and developed further by Isabel Myers and Katherine Briggs. Remember, this is a generalised profile which identifies preferences rather than skills and abilities. No personality type is better or worse each has its own gifts. Your personal style should tell you about the kind of work environment and work focus that are likely to work best for you. Your Personality code was ISFJ. These were your scores on each of the 4 dimensions: External 3 Internal 5 Sensing 8 intuitive 7 Thinking 3 Feeling 13 Judging 17 Perceiving 2 The CATT highlights people as having one of 4 key orientations depending on Dimensions 2 and 3. Benefactor / Realist / Idealist / Theorist. It then further divides people into a four specialisations within each of these using Dimensions 1 and 4. Your profile is described on the following pages and will be discussed in your feedback session.. P a g e 2 MLC 2018

4 Your General Orientation is Benefactor You are a Benefactor because you show personal warmth and sympathy and are likely to enjoy providing practical help and services for people. This means that you are sympathetic and friendly and like to help people in practical ways. REALISTS PREFER CAREERS THAT Are based on dependable facts which can be learnt and applied Allow objective analysis and logical thinking Are practical and reliable Use proven methods Based on real things rather than vague theories OBJECTIVE (Things) THEORISTS PREFER CAREERS THAT Encourage looking for possibilities and implications from a logical, analytical viewpoint Allow strategizing, planning, building systems to accomplish goals or solve problems Are intellectually challenging and give feedback Don t involve too much detail Allow autonomy, complex problems to solve REALISTS ST WAYS OF DECIDING THEORISTS NT FACT & DETAIL WAYS OF NOTICING CONCEPTS BENEFACTORS SF IDEALISTS NF BENEFACTORS PREFER CAREERS THAT... Depend on real information that is clear and dependable Allow caring and consideration of others Are social and positive Allow work in a supportive team Allow recognition and appreciation Have harmonious work environments SUBJECTIVE (People) IDEALISTS PREFER CAREERS THAT... Allow exploration of meanings, relationships, possibilities, personal development Help others grow Have room for communicating and being a catalyst for positive change Encourage motivating others to work and resolving conflict Don t have too much criticism P a g e 3 MLC 2018

5 Benefactors like: Using tried and true methods Applying experience to practical jobs Sharing work equitably Developing charts that documents each person s skills or needs Reviewing plans and materials others have formulated to see what works best Specifically you are a Benefactor - Nurturer Further you are what we term a Benefactor Nurturer because you can take on responsibility and connect warmly and personally with others. Benefactor Nurturers like to reflect on people s needs and then organise things to implement solutions. BENEFACTOR - NURTURER Organiser Getting things rolling Implementing ideas Setting their own goals NURTURER Reflector Reflecting within oneself Preferring quiet time alone Taking time to consider [CAREGIVER] [PRODUCER] Interactor Discussing with others Interacting Formulating ideas while talking [MOTIVATOR] Explorer Exploring ideas Being creative Being patient Benefactor Nurturers like to reflect on people s needs and then organise things to implement solutions. This means you are likely to: be quiet, friendly, responsible, and conscientious be loyal, considerate, perceptive and concerned with how other people feel are a sympathetic listener work devotedly to meet your obligations be thorough, painstaking and accurate P a g e 4 MLC 2018

6 be patient with necessary details, even though your interests may not be technical be extremely dependable and devotedly accept responsibilities beyond the call of duty have a complete, realistic, and practical respect for the facts be able to remember and use any number of facts, but want them all accurate prefer everything clearly stated. You: are thorough, painstaking, hard-working and patient with particulars and procedures can and will do the "little" things that need to be done to carry a project through to completion show perseverance which tends to stabilise everything with which you are connected do not enter into things impulsively, but once in, you are very hard to distract or discourage a real team player do not quit unless experience convinces you that you are wrong lend stability to any project or group. When you see from the facts that something needs to be done, you pause to think about it. If you decide that action will be helpful, you accept the responsibility. Your private reactions are often vivid and intense, and sometimes quite unpredictable to others. These private reactions seldom show in your face, and even when dealing with a crisis, you can look calm and composed. Not until you are known very well do others discover that behind your outer calm, you are looking at things from an intensely individual angle, often a delightfully humorous one. When you are "on-duty" and dealing with the world, however, your behaviour is sound and sensible. To function best you need: An orderly work environment with human interaction. You like opportunities to respond to the needs of others. You like harmonious relationships, praise and appreciation. You are frustrated by: Criticism and injustice. You dislike having to stop in the middle of a project. You also do not tolerate too much complexity or cold, impersonal logic. On a team: You care and do the work. Preferred work environment: Contains conscientious people working on well structured tasks Provides security Clearly structured Calm and quiet Efficient Allows for privacy Service-oriented Your Learning Style Although you focus on the facts, you will probably learn faster if you are given examples which allow you to personalise what is presented and compare it to past experiences. You like to see a human application in what you are learning. P a g e 5 MLC 2018

7 You probably learn best: through concrete methods such as workbooks requiring memorizing by organising factual material by reviewing material in a structured way using a logical sequential process so that you go through new material step by step following the details and understanding each step as you go through visual and real observations in a learning environment that is more practical and applied than theoretical by being given specific examples and comparisons when learning theories when learning facts and details rather than general ideas. Your Transferable Skills Benefactor - Nurturers are likely to develop the following transferable skills: be able to use their depth of concentration, their interest in facts, their warmth and sympathy, and their ability to organise be good at nurturing or healing others have a strong sense of duty, personal commitment and practicality in which they can support and be of service to others be able to work hard behind the scenes to ensure things are running smoothly be highly dependable and carry the job through to the end be able to work with a practical work focus where they can see tangible results and be able to work one-to-one well, rather than with large groups. Benefactor - Nurturers are more often found in areas such as: teaching, particularly primary teaching medical fields with high patient contact such as family medicine, physiotherapy and nursing hospitality management and welfare and social service work. They are less often found in careers requiring: o high levels of analytical work o ongoing attention to theoretical, abstract and symbolic information o continual adaption and frequent change and o a more distant or analytical approach to people. (This material is taken from the literature on the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and the career information is taken from the work of Charles Martin, in his publication, Looking at Type and Careers, available from the Institute of Type Development ( P a g e 6 MLC 2018

8 2. Your Problem Solving Skills The results given in this section show how you went on Career Avenues (CA) Differential Reasoning Assessments. These tests given you an indication of how well your problem solving in different areas is developed at this point in time. Remember, your academic results are also very important and they will be the deciding factor in gaining a place in most courses, should you choose further study. The CA tests represent how you went at a particular point in time. Academic results also show you how you have achieved over time. With this in mind, your problem solving skills as assessed by the different timed measures are set out in the following paragraphs. The numbers you are given below are ranks, not the number you had correct on each test. The rank for each test show that you had a score that was as high or higher than that percentage of Australian students in your school year group. These ranks have been developed over 10 years of testing with over 40,000 individuals. In each section below, we have explained which skills are particularly relevant for different career areas. Ranking: 1 24 May need improvement if you are Very Sound Excellent wanting to build a career on this area Fair High Outstanding 2.1 Abstract Problem Solving The abstract or non-verbal reasoning test was one in which you had to say which of the options was the next logical pattern in the series of patterns. That is, you had to choose the next pattern in the sequence. This is a test which reflects your: capacity to be adaptable in your thinking flexibility in how you approach problems speed of learning in a new situation mental agility in solving problems capacity to handle conceptual or theoretical as distinct from practical or applied thinking tasks Career Relevance Abstract Reasoning is related to any career involving complex problem solving. Abstract Reasoning Example Item A pattern or sequence develops across the page to the right. You have to select which of the alternative answers best continues the pattern or sequence. The answer would be (b). Kym, your Abstract Reasoning rank was above that of 55 percent of your peer population. Your performance on this measure was Very Sound compared to people in your age group. You learn with moderate speed, can deal with problems of some difficulty level and have sound problem solving skills. You may take some time to adjust to new learning situations, but once competent in area you perfect the skill. P a g e 7 MLC 2018

9 2.2 Verbal Problem Solving The Verbal Reasoning test was based on logic and language. It measure ones: understanding of the complexities of the English language extended knowledge of word meanings ability to think analytically in words, and clarity of thinking using words and word-based arguments. Career Relevance Verbal skills are very important as a basis for university studies, especially in areas requiring a lot of reading and verbal analysis such as law and journalism. Verbal Reasoning Example Item: AUTHOR has the same relationship to BOOK as COMPOSER has to: A. concert B. play C. symphony D. musician E. instrument The answer is (c) symphony. As an author writes a book (a piece of literature), a composer writes a symphony (a piece of music). Your Verbal Reasoning rank was above that of 93 percent of your peer population. Your performance on this measure was at the Outstanding level. You are able to recognise relationships within verbally presented material and to deal with very complex verbal content. You should be able to express your ideas and information clearly and effectively in both spoken and written form, and to analyse written arguments. 2. Numerical Problem Solving This is a test which measures your ability to reason and solve problems with numbers. It shows: how well one can undertake reasonably complex computational and statistical tasks one s capacity to process numerical information ability to think it terms of number patterns and to solve numerically based problems. Career Relevance Strong scores on this test would be important for careers requiring complex mathematical calculation such as engineering and statistics. Numerical Reasoning Example Item: You can buy a shirt for $40 and get a second one for half the price of the first one. How much would you pay for 2 shirts? A. $60 B. $80 C. $50 D. $70 The answer is (A) $60, being $40 for the first shirt, added to $20 for the second. Kym, your Numerical Reasoning rank was above that of 70 percent of your peer population. Your performance on this measure was High. You have a good "feel" for numbers and can work through numerical problems of moderate difficulty and think in terms of numbers, as long as you have adequate time to do so. P a g e 8 MLC 2018

10 2.4 Attention to Detail This was the number and name checking test. The Attention to Detail test assesses one s: ability to attend to fine detail accuracy of processing rather than complexity of processing speed of comprehension and how quickly someone can orientate themselves to a detail task and respond to it Career Relevance Attention to Detail is very important for many business and administrative jobs, as well as a range of careers in scientific and other technical areas. Attention to Detail Example Item: Are the numbers or name the same or not? Colour under the Y for Yes, or the N for No. Y N Kim Leong..... Kim Liong Kym, your Clerical Speed and Accuracy rank was above that of 75 percent of your peer population. Your performance on this measure was at an Excellent level compared to people of your age group. This means that you have very strong attention to detail. You are able to orientate yourself quickly to new situations, and to process information quickly, attending accurately to detail. You would be very competent at dealing with tasks requiring orientation to detail. 2.5 Physical Problem Solving This test is designed to assess how well people understand the physical world. It uses picture based questions which ask about the physical and mechanical processes we are exposed to every day, such as the influence of gravity, leverage and fluid flow. It measures one s: potential for solving problems based on physical forces and processes and assesses one s understanding and knowledge of mechanical operations. Career Relevance Sound skills in this areas are important for many practical and technical occupations such as: engineer technical and trades careers other physics-related careers some sports and health related areas Physical Reasoning Example Item Which stool will last longer? (If you can t tell, answer C) The answer is B. A B Your Physical Reasoning rank was above that of 40 percent of your peer population. Your performance in this area was Very Sound compared to people in your age group. This means that you have a good set of skill development in physical reasoning and that careers involving practical mechanical reasoning should be well within your capability. P a g e 9 MLC 2018

11 2.6 Spatial Problem Solving In the Spatial Reasoning test, you had to mentally fold up some shapes or nets to imagine what they would look like, folded into an object. In other items you had to choose what shape a figure would unfold into. These items assess one s potential to: visualise and mentally manipulate objects in three dimensions imagine how an object would look if made from a given pattern or plan identify how a specified object would look if rotated in a given way manipulate objects and plans mentally, and create a structure in one s mind from a plan Career Relevance Spatial Reasoning is an ability needed in design and construction fields such as architecture, carpentry, building and fashion. It is needed whenever there is a need to visualise objects in three dimensions, or develop or read from a plan or working diagram which represents something in three dimensions. There are also design areas which rely more on two dimensional manipulation and that may not always require high levels of spatial skills, such as graphic design and fabric design. Spatial Reasoning Example Item Look at the figure on the left. Which of the boxes on the right would it fold into? The colours will stay on the outside of the figure. Only one answer is correct and the 3 dimensional figures m ay have been rotated to any presentation. Your Spatial Reasoning rank was above that of 55 percent of your peer population. Your performance on this test was Very Sound compared to people of your age. This means you would generally be able to visualize designs in three dimensions from working plans and to create plans from your own ideas. 2.7 Problem Solving Skills Summary The graph below shows your relative problem solving skills in each of the areas discussed above. Abstract Reasoning Verbal Reasoning Numerical Reasoning Attention to Detail Physical Reasoning Spatial Reasoning P a g e 10 MLC 2018

12 3. Transferable Skills : Self-Assessment As part of your Career Profile you also completed our brief self-assessment on your transferable employability skills. These are a core set of skills and abilities which can be applied to a wide range of different jobs and industries. People usually pick them up over time and develop them through many different activities such as school, hobbies, sports, voluntary work and paid jobs as well as through interacting with family and friends. They are becoming increasingly important to use in your Resume. Our Employability Skills Self-Assessment is based on ideas presented in a book prepared by the Business Group Australia (The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and The Business Council of Australia), entitled Employability Skills for the Future which identified general skills employers may look for. The graph below summarises your answers. The maximum you could have given any one skill was 20. There are certainly many more transferable skills than we have identified here. However this is a start to help you recognise what you already have going for you in getting ready for your career Transferable Skills You can see from the graph which skills are your top transferable skills. Make a note of these and think about the career areas for which they might be important. You don t need to develop all of the skills in the list. However, you might like to note any skills that you do think are important and you want to develop further. You can also relate these skills back to your personal style transferable skills. Taking the Initiative: Critical Thinking Critical thinking is the process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying and analyzing information and coming up with new insights and solutions using your own thought processes. It is very important in some work roles. Leading & Organizing Skills This skill is about how comfortable and effective you are at taking on leadership roles and in getting things done on time and ensuring deadlines are met. These skills start to suggest whether you are inclined to want to take on leadership roles or whether you prefer not to have this pressure. P a g e 11 MLC 2018

13 Communication & Relationships Oral Communication Skills This is ability to communicate effectively through speaking and listening in a variety of different situations. This is a very important skill in many situations in which you have to present a point of view or understand what someone else is trying to convey. Written Communication Skills This is about how well you can get your message across by writing it down and presenting a good, clear message. It may be through a letter, , assignment or report. Teamwork Skills Teamwork is concerned with how well you can work as part of a team and also much you enjoy the team situation. It looks at how you help other team members and whether you normally get on well with the others in a team. Many work situations involve working as part of a team. However others value working independently. Digital Initiative Digital Literacy Digital literacy is about how comfortable you are in the digital age from reading online to evaluating websites, creating a video and loading it onto YouTube and managing electronic communications. These skills are increasingly important in most work situation. Resilience/ Adaptability Adaptability Adaptability or resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma and tragedy, and other sources of stress, including family and relationship problems, serious health problems or workplace and financial stressors. It means bouncing back from difficult experiences. People who remain optimistic about the future and maintain a positive outlook on life have higher degrees of resilience. Physical Expression Hand-Eye Coordination Skills These skills are important for any career involving using your hands from trades and technical areas to being a surgeon or veterinary specialist. It is about how precisely you can use and manipulate your movements. Sporting Skills Sports skills is about your performance and commitment to any particular sport. It is also about how passionate you are about sports and being involved in them. Creative Expression These skills are about how creative you are in various artistic pursuits such as art, dance, music, acting etc. Your passion and commitment to these areas is also important if you are interested in a creative career. Remember there are also other transferable skills to add to your list both from the Personality section and the Reasoning Skills section of this report. P a g e 12 MLC 2018

14 4. Your Career Interest Profile The graph below shows how you allocated your preferences on the Tertiary Occupations Inventory. This inventory asked you to organise various lists of careers into your order of preference. We then look at the overall pattern you have shown in allocating your preferences across the different career groups represented in the lists. The highest preference you could have given any one of the career groups is 100 and the lowest is 0. Remember, this is not a test of ability, nor is it related to any other part of your profile. This is purely about what careers appeal to you at the moment. We suggest that you look particularly at your top three career areas but also feel free to explore any other career ideas listed below that appeal to you. A general description of each group of careers is given below, but particular careers in your top 3 areas which are also generally consistent with your aptitudes and personality are given in the next section of this report. Career Interest Groups Human Services 89 Media & Communication Health & Medical Marketing & Management Creative & Design Tourism & Sports Accounting & Finance 49 Science & Technology 43 Environment & Primary Ind Technical & Trades P a g e 13 MLC 2018

15 Your areas of interest according to the inventory from greatest interest to least interest were as follows: Human Services Careers This demonstrates an interest in working in a people oriented or helping role in a variety of settings. Occupations include: Counsellor, Youth Worker, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Teacher, Early Childhood Teacher, and Workplace Trainer. Media & Communication Careers This demonstrates an interest working in a range of creative areas related to the media: film, television, music, the press, and radio. Occupations include: Advertising Agent, Radio Announcer, Film, Stage & TV Director, Cinematographer, Journalist, Performer/ Musician, Media Planner. Health & Medical Careers This demonstrates an interest in curing people, relieving the effects of disease, or illness, in healing and in medical and biological matters generally. Occupations include: Dietitian/ Nutritionist, Doctor, Physiotherapist, Chiropractor, Specialist Doctor, Paramedic, Speech Therapist. Business & Marketing Careers This demonstrates an interest in working in the business world but with an emphasis on ideas and people. Occupations include: Business Owner/ Manager, Management Consultant, Real Estate Developer, Economist, Marketing Manager, New Business Developer, Business Strategy Analyst. Creative & Design Careers This demonstrates an interest in working in areas which rely heavily on the creation of ideas and design. Occupations include: Architect, Photographer, Fashion and Textile Designer, Graphic Designer, Set Designer, Interior Designer, and Landscape Designer. Tourism, Sport & Hospitality Careers This demonstrates an interest in the tourism and the hospitality and service industry / active physical role in sports. Occupations include: Event Manager, Tourism Manager, Hospitality Manager, Sports Trainer, Physical Education Teacher, Travel Agency Manager, Recreation & Leisure officer. Accounting and Finance Careers This demonstrates an interest in working in the business world with an emphasis on facts. Occupations include: Accountant, Financial Planner, Merchant Banker, Stockbroker, Financial Controller, Investment Adviser, and Insurance Claims Assessor. Science & Engineering Careers This demonstrates an interest in applying scientific principles to real problems, and involves analytical and investigatory activities. Occupations include: Civil Engineer, Nanotechnologist, Biomedical Engineer, Computer Engineer, Mechatronic Engineer, Biotechnologist, Medical Physicist. Environment & Primary Industry Careers This demonstrates an interest in working with the natural environment and in environmental science. Occupations include: Veterinary Surgeon, Environmental Scientist, Agricultural Consultant, Landscape Rehabilitation Manger, Park Ranger, Forestry Manager, Horticulturalist, Animal Breeder. Technical & Trade Careers This demonstrates an interest working at a technical level where practical skills are the key to success. Occupations include: Electronic Technician, Cabinetmaker or Builder, Air- Conditioning Installation Technician, Plumber, Workshop Manager, Motor Mechanic, and Electrical Technician/ Electrician. P a g e 14 MLC 2018

16 5. Your Career Lists to Research Below are some lists which contain examples of careers in your highest interest groups, which may also be seen to be generally consistent with your personal style and aptitudes. The next step is to look up each of these careers and decide which ones to include in your Career Action Plan short list. To do this: 1) Log in to our website (create an account if you don t have one) 2) Follow the links to Resources and Tips 3) Enter your school enrollment key from the inside cover of this report 4) Use the Career Snapshots link to get a quick idea of what each career in your list is about 5) Shortlist the careers you are interested in, in your Career Action Plan Booklet. 6) Use each state s Career Tools sites to investigate your short listed careers in full detail Please note, these career lists provide ideas to stimulate your thinking and help you draw up a shortlist of careers to research, but they are not a guarantee of success. Not all possibilities will be listed, so you should get to work and expand the list as you see fit. Human Services community care coordinator counselling psychologist disability services coordinator early childhood teacher family case worker family counsellor fundraising manager information manager & librarian nurse practitioner & specialist nursing unit manager organisational psychologist rehabilitation counsellor sales consultant social worker teacher - primary welfare support worker Media & Communication broadcasting producer computer games developer digital media editor digital media producer editor film & TV producer journalist magazine editor marketing copywriter media planner media sales executive news reader performing artist (with personal talent) public relations manager talent manager teacher - music, art P a g e 15 MLC 2018

17 television presenter Health & Medical acupuncturist aged care services manager ambulance officer anatomist / lecturer chiropractor clinical biochemist dentist dietitian food technologist medical imaging technologist medical laboratory technologist medical practitioner microbiologist midwife natural therapist nuclear medicine technologist nurse practitioner & specialist nursing unit manager occupational health & safety adviser occupational therapist paramedic physiotherapist podiatrist radiation therapist therapeutic radiographer veterinary surgeon Once you have looked up the careers and identified ones that you will research further, the next step is to research these, using your Log Book and the Career Tools links on the Glossary page. We invite you to follow these general guidelines to complete your research: 1. Use your Career Action Plan given with this report, as a guide. 2. Research the careers in the above lists, and other careers you have thought about sufficiently to draw up a short list of around 6 or 8 careers that you would like to know more about, using the Careers Snapshot link. 3. Take each career in turn and gather information about it from our Career Tools sites. Evaluate each career against the information contained in this report and other information you have about yourself, such as your school results and your other interests and abilities. 4. Find out about how you would become qualified for each career. Record at least 2 courses of study for each career that would give you the correct qualifications. Look in detail at these courses and what you would have to study. Consider how appealing each one is to you. 5. Revise your shortlist and remove any careers that you are not so interested in anymore. 6. Find out more details about the careers and courses you are interested in. Visit the training institutions and talk to staff who run the courses. Become very well informed about each one. P a g e 16 MLC 2018

18 7. Check the entry requirements and make sure you are taking or plan to take the right high school subjects to gain entry. 8. Check vacancies for these careers and read the descriptions. Consider whether the jobs sound interesting to you. Concluding Comments Entry to different courses does, of course, depend upon meeting specific entry requirements, and entrance cut off levels. How you apply your skills and aptitudes to meet these requirements will be up to you. Remember, regardless of your aptitudes, you must also work hard to get good academic results. Your career decision is one which only you can make, and, it may take you some time to complete the research process and develop a career plan. However, we hope this profile and the associated exercises will help to get you started on this process. The career ideas are a good place to start your research, but they are not recommendations for you nor do they imply a guarantee of success. They are also not meant to limit you in any way. You should explore all ideas that appeal to you. It is now up to use you use this information to extend your thinking about career and course options. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding this report. Marian Kratzing Test Date: 09 February P a g e 17 MLC 2018