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Career portfolios focus on the importance of career planning in school. What are career interest portfolios?

A career interest portfolio is -

* Snap shot of the interests, abilities, and skills

* Diary that lists your goals, dreams, and visions

* Log book for occupational exploration and planning

* Guidebook to future job planning

* Storybook of your lifetime journey

Career education portfolios are self awareness or occupational exploration portfolios. These portfolios provide guidance in completing the three steps of the career planning process -

* Self-Knowledge

* Educational and Occupational Exploration

* Career Planning

Self-knowledge deals with our self-concept, interpersonal skills, growth, and development.

Educational and job exploration reveals the relationships between learning, work, job-related skills, job seeking, skill development, and the labor market.

Career planning includes self-assessment, occupational exploration, decision making, life role formation, goal setting, and the implementation of job choices.

Occupational exploration portfolio lists -

* Career test results

* Vocational interests - What you like to do

* Skills - Activities that you do well

* Values - Beliefs that are important to you

* Favorite subjects

* Favorite activities and hobbies

* Educational experiences: Field trips, interviews with people at work, and interactions with mentors or key resource people

* Future job possibilities

A self awareness portfolio helps you -

* Highlight your interests, abilities, and skills

* Recognize your strengths

* See the relationships between extracurricular activities and career goals

* Learn about world of work

* Open your eyes to new job opportunities

* Identify workplace skills

* List your occupational exploration objectives

* Focus on achieving the right career objectives

* Set realistic achievable goals

* Make educational and career plans

The job exploration portfolio is an excellent aid for students. Education, learning, and training serve as the bridge between school and world of work. School is a time of transition. A career interest portfolio serves as a journal to record special activities and events.

The occupational exploration portfolio helps students -

* Increase self awareness

* Expand knowledge of careers

* Improve career exploration and planning skills

* Develop motivation and self confidence

Career interest portfolios provide students with awesome opportunities to gain self awareness as well as to explore and understand the world of work.

Dr Mary Askew specializes in career tests, websites, and books for students. Students need eye appealing, easy to use, yet comprehensive career resources. Find out how students can reach their career potentials at Contact Dr. Askew at

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