Computer-Assisted Career Guidance Systems: Can You Discover Your Purpose Using a Computer?

computer-assisted career guidance systems

How much do you know about computer-assisted career guidance systems? Talking now to college students, I would tell them “If I can do it, so can you!” Registering for my first term in college (in 1975!), I thought that college course numbers were arbitrary, so I didn’t think twice about registering for a 5000-level psychology […]

Abilities: What Are They?


What makes us different, is it our abilities? A key strategy for discerning a calling is to start by understanding your gifts, where “gifts” is defined very broadly to include all of those aspects of what make you unique.  Psychologists have worked hard to identify the key aspects of people that are important in understanding […]

What Career Should I Have? Career Guidance Tools, First Step Toward Meaningful Work

What Career Should I Have

Have you ever thought about what career you should have and how to get there? Is it a career that will be meaningful to you? To find meaningful work, start with personal career guidance to steer yourself in the right direction. However, this can be difficult. School counselors are often pressed for time. Approaching someone […]

Personal Strengths Exercise: You at Your Best

Personal Strengths

A key way to get more out of your job is to understand and consistently use your personal strengths.  One informal strategy for assessing your personal strengths is to think carefully about a recent situation when you were at your best. Give it a shot. A Personal Strengths Exercise First, start by identifying the situation, […]

Has finding a purpose become a cliché?

Purpose carries a strong definition that often gets watered down. Everyone wants to know their purpose and ways to find it. Being a sophomore in college, I was curious if purpose is something you can really find by taking an assessment or quiz online. I know my purpose and how I live that purpose, but […]

Means to Live, But No Meaning to Live For: How to Find Meaning in Work

A book you’ve read at least once in your life – and need to read again – is Victor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning.  Frankl describes his time in a World War II Nazi death camp, and how, while nearly everything he has is taken from him, he survives by discovering the purpose of life […]

Finding Academic Success Inside and Outside of Class

School can be challenging – sometimes the classes are difficult but sometimes even showing up to class is difficult – and the success of other students can appear to be effortless. The key to academic success is to understand that your learning is a skill that you can develop and to realize that the good […]

How Your Career Helps You Achieve Your Life Goals

What things are at the top of your list of life goals?  Is it a list of cities you would like to visit in the future or vacations you would like to take? Maybe purchasing your dream car or paying off student debt? Perhaps you’re thinking of improving your physical health, starting your own business, […]

How Do Vocational Choices Impact Career Success?

When you think about career success, what comes to mind? A paycheck, promotion, hitting your performance goals, soaring past them, having a sense of job security? Maybe it’s the feeling that you’ve finally found a job you love or are receiving recognition for your hard work. The point is, the notion of career success varies […]

Career Guidance: Make Sure You Get What You Need

Authors: Bryan Dik Ph.D. and Ryan Duffy Ph.D. All of us make choices about our career paths, and all of us benefit from guidance and support as we do so.  Many of us have used career counseling to help navigate key points of transition. Career counseling ordinarily involves a one-on-one, face-to-face interaction facilitated by a […]