Is this major a potential match for your skills and interests?

FOCUS2 Instructions
Go to this link , (https://careers.ucsc.edu/student/ExploreMajorsandCareers/assessment.html#Focus2)click on the FOCUS2 banner, create a new account, and get started!
Work Interest Profile Summary:
1. Click on the Work Interest Profile Summary and answer the multiple-choice questions (don’t think too hard about each one, choose the answer that best reflects you).
2. On the next page, you will find a list of occupations and click on at least 3 that interest you. Note your findings about these occupations including job duties, skills, values, outlook, earnings, interest profile, working conditions, professional associations, and areas of study (associated majors).
3. Save occupations of interest to your profile by clicking “save this occupation” on the right hand side. You will be asked to say more about why the occupation was appealing to you and give it a rating.
4. After saving occupations of interest, click “Return to Main Menu” (top right) for your next assessment.

2) Personality Assessment:
1. Answer the questions for this assessment (don’t think too hard about each one, choose the answer that best reflects you).
2. Review your personality summary- what does it say?
3. On the next page, you will find a list of occupations and click on at least 3 that interest you. Note your findings about these occupations including job duties, skills, values, outlook, earnings, interest profile, working conditions, professional associations, and areas of study (associated majors).
4. Save occupations of interest to your profile by clicking “save this occupation” on the right hand side. You will be asked to say more about why the occupation was appealing to you and give it a rating.
5. After saving occupations of interest, click “Return to Main Menu” (top right) for your next assessment.

3) Skills Assessment:
1. Answer the questions for this assessment (don’t think too hard about each one, but do consider what you are already skilled at rather than skills you are interested in improving). You will then be asked to select your top three best skills.
2. On the next page, you will find a list of occupations and click on at least 3 that interest you. Note your findings about these occupations including job duties, skills, values, outlook, earnings, interest profile, working conditions, professional associations, and areas of study (associated majors).

4) Values Assessment:
1. a) Here you will be asked to select your top three values. Try to consider what values guide your everyday life.
2. b) On the next page, you will find a list of occupations and click on at least 3 that interest you. Note your findings about these occupations including job duties, skills, values, outlook, earnings, interest profile, working conditions, professional associations, and areas of study (associated majors).

PART TWO: Choose one of the following prompts to write a 2-page reflection about your possible major/career, and upload your response as a WORD document to e-Commons.
Prompt 1:
Self Exploration and Discovery Assignment:
This option is for students who are new to the self- assessment/career exploration process, and who are looking for a starting point in considering majors and careers that would fit their interests, abilities and values.
Part 1 : Using the UCSC Catalog research one major or one career that came up in your FOCUS 2 assessment results.
Part 2 : Write a 2 page reaction and evaluation paper on what you learned about yourself based on your inventory results. Based on the evaluation of this activity, describe your reactions to the information you found (surprises, validation, intrigue etc.). How has going through this exercise clarified, confused, or changed your self- concept? Which major did you research and what kind of information did you learn? Is this major a potential match for your skills and interests? Why or why not? What appeals to you about the major? Is there anything concerning? What are some next steps for you in terms of moving forward with your major selection and career development?
Prompt 2:
Major Exploration Assignment:
This option is for students who have a clear understanding of their interests, abilities and values and know of 2-3 majors they would like to explore and compare. Students choosing this option may not be aware of what career opportunities exist within these majors.
Part 1: Select 2-3 majors that came up in your FOCUS 2 assessment results. Using the What Can I Do With This Major? website and other career exploration resources, research career opportunities within these majors.
Part 2 : Write a 2 page paper comparing the majors based on career options for that major, related major skills, course work, and how this information matches with the results from your FOCUS2 profile. Based on the evaluation of these majors, describe your reactions to the information you found (surprises, concerns, challenges, etc.). Do you believe these majors might be a potential match for your skills and interests? Why or why not? Are you are still interested in these majors? How has going through this exercise clarified, confused, or changed your concept of a career and what kind of major may best suit you?

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