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College and Career Planning

Bobilator

What about an occupation is important to you? Is it important because you know the name? Because you know someone who works in the occupation or you’ve seen it on TV? Because you can make a lot of money?

To understand what is important to you complete the Bobilator.

Step 1: Name

  • Look at the occupations listed below and think about what workers in these occupations might do.
  • With only the name of the occupation provided, drag and drop them into a ranking of what you think might be most interesting to you. The most interesting should be at the top of your list, the least interesting at the bottom.

Step 2: Occupation

  • Study the information provided for each occupation.
  • Rank them, by dragging and dropping, most interesting at the top and least interesting at the bottom.

Step 3: Salary

How important is money to you?

  • Check the salary ranges for the occupations.
  • Rank the occupations by dragging and dropping, your top choices should be at the top of your list.

Step 4: Openings

How easy will it be to find a job?

  • Review the number of job openings there will be each year.
  • Think about all the information that has been provided so far about these occupations.
  • Rank the occupations, by dragging and dropping, from top to bottom.
  • Your top choice should be at the top of your list and your last choice should be at the bottom.

Step 5: Training

Step 5: How many months or years of training are you willing to complete to get the job you want? Training could be provided after you get the job or it could mean attending college.

  • Study the length of training for each occupation.
  • Think about all the information that has been provided so far about these occupations.
  • Rank the occupations, by dragging and dropping, from top to bottom.
  • Your top choice should be at the top of your list and your last choice should be at the bottom.

Step 6: Conditions

Step 6: Do you want to work indoors or outdoors? Are you willing to work at night and on weekends? These are working conditions.

  • Read about the working conditions for each occupation.
  • Think about all the information that has been shared with you.
  • Rank the occupations, by dragging and dropping, from top to bottom.
  • Your top choice should be at the top of your list and your last choice should be at the bottom.

Results

Your results help you understand what steps are most important to you. The way you ranked each section indicates information you should carefully consider as you create your education and career plan. For example, if you ranked having education less than a bachelor’s degree as more desirable, you want to think through whether occupations that require four or more years of college is a good fit for your current situation.

Occupation By Name By Field By Salary By Openings By Education By Conditions
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Questions

As you look at your rankings, think about which step’s information is most important to you and why it is important.

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Adapted from the Career Information System created by intoCareers a unit of the University of Oregon.