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First Stop - Explore Your Interests, Values & Skills

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INTERESTS (what you like to do)
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An interest assessment can help you identify careers that meet your interests. Interest assessments usually ask you a series of questions about what you like and don't like to do, and then they match your likes and dislikes to careers.

When you choose a career that matches your overall interests, you're more likely to enjoy your job. You're also more likely to be successful.

SKILLS (what you're good at)
Your skills describe what you like to do and what you are good at. Being able to identify and describe your skills allows you to answer key questions such as ... What am I good at? What do I already know how to do?
How should I select which course(s) to take? Sit down with your counselor or other adult mentor to see which courses in your high school catalog match up with your interest assessment results.

VALUES (your beliefs about what's important)
Values are your beliefs about what is important or desirable. When your values line up with how you live and work, you tend to feel more satisfied and confident. Living or working in ways that contradict your values can lead to dissatisfaction, confusion, and discouragement. So there is good reason to clarify your values and seek to match your work to them.

Ready to learn more about your own work values? Get started with the Work Values Matcher.