Before taking any decision, it is advisable to be aware of the different options we have available. Career Decisions should be no different. However given the vast and fast changing world of work, it becomes difficult for us to choose a specific occupation from a large career list or a career library, ranging from a few hundreds to a few thousand options. Most popular assessments recommend us to look at a few (top 5 or 10 or 15) of these specific occupations based on our results. But is this really the right way to take the most important decisions of our life ?. Research suggests otherwise and that’s where our career exploration models help. You can watch videos given below to understand these age appropriate exploration models further !!
Paths, Cluster & Pathway (School Students )
World of work is divided into 6 career paths that are further divided into 16 clusters and further into pathways. These contain occupations in the same field of work requiring similar skills. Model is useful for career exploration by school students & college entrants.
Job Families (College Students & Professionals)
The entire world of work can be divided into 23 job families based upon tasks, work context, skills, education required etc. Model is useful for exploration by college students & industry entrants.
Occupational Roles (Students & Professionals)
The entire world of work can be divided into around 1100 specific occupational roles and these are linked to both exploration models provided. Model is useful for exploration by both students and professionals for in depth analysis.
These career exploration models divide the entire set of occupations (also referred as a career taxonomy) available in the world of work, comprehensively and accurately into broad level career paths or job families and then further as career clusters and pathways or sub job families. With only a small number of paths, clusters and job families to explore our tasks become easier as we can now know the entire world of work and can then systematically explore the career lists or a career library. For students at school and college, we recommend the Career Path, Cluster and Pathway model, which ensures a wider exploration and helps shortlist suitable options. For working professionals and entrants to industry, we recommend the Job family & Subfamily model that provides a more focused exploration, given the education and skills already gained. The occupational roles (more than 1100) are linked to both exploration models and should be explored for in-depth analysis by both students and professionals.