Matching talent, interests is key component in job placement

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Marylee Kishel, coordinator of adult student services at UW-Rock County, has one line she tells all her students, no matter their career interests.

“Do what brings you joy,” Kishel said.

While you’re figuring out what that is, Kishel has these tips:

-- What are your skills, abilities and background? What sounds interesting? What are your values? For example, how much time you want to spend with your family.

-- Once you’ve come up with some options, go to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Web site, www.bls.gov, and read up on careers.

-- If you find yourself interested in a job, call and make an “information interview.”

If you want to be a graphic artist, sit down with a graphic artist and find out what the job’s really like. Ask how he or she got into it and if the job was what he or she had expected.

Don’t be afraid to ask for an appointment, Kishel said. The professional likely will be flattered and, “Everyone likes to talk about themselves,” Kishel said.

-- You might be excited about a career, but if you don’t have the necessary skill set, it’s not going to work out.

Kishel said when she started college, she was determined to be a nutritionist. She was so enthusiastic about her college experience it probably gave her a “false positive” when she took a career interests inventory, she said.

She jumped right into the required classes where she soon found herself getting C’s.

“I had to let that go,” Kishel said.

-- When you’re considering options, sometimes it’s better to say “I don’t want to do that” rather than “Maybe I could.”

-- Getting a little bored at work? Pick up a part-time internship somewhere else and see how it suits you.

“Be creative in whatever stage of life you’re in,” Kishel said. “Gain as many skills as you can.”

-- Keep your mind open to volunteer work. You might find something new, and the experience might make you more “sellable” when you find your dream job, Kishel said.

Read more about the results of one reporter's interest inventory.

Last updated: 10:37 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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