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The Career Development Center is dedicated to helping students fulfill the lifelong pursuit of purpose by providing services, access to information, resources, and experiences that address individual career needs.

FOCUS



WHAT IS FOCUS?

Focus is an interactive on-line career guidance system. It provides information to help you learn more about yourself and identify occupations and majors that may be a good fit for you.


WHAT CAN I EXPECT WHEN USING FOCUS?

Focus is divided into four sections:

  1. Start Thinking About Your Career: Career Readiness
    This section offers a series of questions to help you become more aware of your academic strengths, career planning status, and personal development needs.

  2. Learn Something About Yourself: Self Assessment
    This section offers a series of assessments. After you complete these assessments, Focus will use your answers to connect you to occupations and majors that correspond to your interests, skills, values and personality.

    • Work Interest Assessment
    • Personality Assessment
    • Skills Assessment
    • Values Assessment
    • Leisure Interest Assessment

  3. Research Any Career: Explore the Possibilities
    This section offers you an opportunity to explore, learn about, and compare occupations by their title, industry, and major. You can review detailed reports of any occupation(s) to inform your career decision making process.

  4. Tying It All Together: Career Portfolio
    This section offers a printable report summarizing your use of Focus, your assessment results, and any occupational information saved as your favorites.


HOW LONG WILL FOCUS TAKE?

Focus is entirely self-paced. The Focus system will save all the data you put into it each time you login, and you can progress through the system at whatever rate works best for you.

WHEN CAN YOU USE FOCUS?

Focus is completed online and at any computer that has internet access and web browsing capabilities. The website is available 24 hours per day and 7 days per week. You can create an account and/or login to Focus here.

HOW ELSE CAN THE CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER HELP?

After using Focus you should make a follow up appointment with a career counselor to review your results. You will learn that Focus is only one of many services the CDC offers to assist you in deciding on a career goal, occupational path or major. Although we often recommend you start by using Focus, computers are not for everyone. If you do not want to use Focus, you may want to meet with a career counselor to discuss your career plans.


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