REFLECTCareer development theories, such as the Cognitive Information Processing theory developed by Florida State University, emphasize the importance of beginning the career pathway planning process with self-assessment. While working with a career development professional is the best way to obtain tested, valid results, there are a growing number of helpful tools online measuring values, interests, personality, and aptitudes/strengths.
Love of Learning - WISDOM - Mastering new skills, topics, and bodies of knowledge, whether on one's own or formally; related to the strength of curiosity but goes beyond it to describe the tendency to add systematically to what one knows.
Humility - TEMPERANCE
Kindness - HUMANITY
Judgment - WISDOM
Curiosity - WISDOM
People with Social interests like working with others to help them learn and grow. They like working with people more than working with objects, machines, or information.
They like: Teaching, Giving advice, Helping and being of service to people
People with Investigative interests like work that has to do with ideas and thinking rather than physical activity or leading people.
Mind: This trait determines how we interact with our environment. 61% INTROVERTED
Energy: This trait shows where we direct our mental energy. 56% INTUITIVE
Nature: This trait determines how we make decisions and cope with emotions. 63% FEELING
Tactics: This trait reflects our approach to work, planning and decision-making. 69% PROSPECTING
Identity: This trait underpins all others, showing how confident we are in our abilities and decisions. 72% TURBULENT
1 Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary
3 Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers,
4 Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary
5 Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary
6 Bioinformatics Scientists
7 Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
8 Molecular and Cellular Biologists
9 Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary
10 Climate Change Policy Analysts
RESEARCHA scan of the EcoLeader Career Sector Outlooks is a good next step in mapping a career pathway. They cover jobs in categories such as agriculture, buildings, transportation and wildlife and cover key career planning information such as trends in hiring, types of jobs offered within the field, pay ranges, academic requirements and more.
Career Research Notes
, Postsecondary (Mathematical Sciences; Forestry and Conservation; Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers), $94,520, Doctoral or professional degreeZoologists and Wildlife Biologists
, $66,350, Bachelor's degreeClimate Change Policy Analysts,
$73,230, Bachelor's degree
Also known as: Climate Advisor, Climate Analyst, Climate Economist, Climate and Energy Program Associate, Environmental Policy Analyst, Policy Analyst, Policy Associate, Policy Research Associate, Regional Science Advisor
RESOLVECreating an EcoMission helps combine our life purpose, values, the achievements and legacy we aspire towards, the skills and talents we can lend to the cause, and areas about which we wish to learn more into an inspiring goal to achieve.
REALIZEThe next step in creating a career pathway is to evaluate academic requirements, applicable credentials, and professional associations. Many people simply study a topic of interest and then hope for a match with career interests and opportunities. A better option is to research and plan a thoughtful, yet flexible, life-long academic path and to revise it over time to better align with vocational interests.
REACH OUTNow that you have an idea of where you want to go with your career and some ideas of how to get there, it’s a good time to reach out to your personal and professional network to get direct input and guidance. This can take the form of a simple, one-time, informational interview; a deeper mentorship relationship, or learning by doing at a paid or unpaid internship.