Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Demand for Skilled Workers Growing Daily

Want a job? The number of available jobs for skilled workers grows daily. See this excellent article about our cultural perspective for education and jobs. http://goo.gl/rRPLH

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

It Takes a Village: IDMyPlan Contribution to the 40 Developmental Assets

The IDMyPlan program can be an instrumental tool in adding significant assets to a young person's life. See the bolded assets.

40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents | www.search-institute.org

US Department of Education reports that the ratio of public high school students to guidance counselors is 284 to 1 and only 17% of public high school counselors are able to spend more than 20% of their time on occupational choice and career planning.

Search Institute has identified the following building blocks of healthy development—known as Developmental Assets—that help young children grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.

This particular list is intended for adolescents (age 12-18). If you'd like to see the lists for other age groups, you can find them on the Developmental Assets Lists page.

Why Know Your Personality Preferences?

People expect a lot from personality assessment reports. Most want to take the report and get some kind of magic printout and perhaps a highlight of the perfect job. The reality is that the assessment and cursory reading of a report is barely the beginning. And so when someone says I have the taken Myers-Briggs Assessment it really means little.

Now if you are told how the results reflected behavior patterns, then useful information is starting to surface. The core part of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is about determining four basic personality preferences, how you want to re-energize, process information, make decisions and present yourself to the outside world.

Here are 4 reasons why to identify preferences (type):
  1. Knowing preferences is a path to understanding strengths.
  2. Working more in your preferences than not will keep you motivated and energized
  3. Understanding preferences helps you get along with spouse, family members, friends, co-workers, employees, boss, etc.
  4. Developing your preferences comes naturally, non-preferences do not. You often must intentionally develop non-preference behaviors to be successful and mature.

Monday, June 3, 2013

ACC Quick Career Certificates

Austin Community College offers over 100 certificate programs for "Quick Career Starts". Listen to this kvue news report