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Career Goals

Author: Daniel Aguilar

ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors

Category 1: Mindsets

M 2. Self-confidence in ability to succeed

M 4. Understanding that postsecondary education and life-long learning are necessary for long-term career success

M 5. Belief in using abilities to their fullest to achieve high-quality results and outcomes

M 6. Positive attitude toward work and learning

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Unlocking your authentic career.

Three questions to ask yourself when considering your future career.

Difference between aptitudes and interestes.


Defined by as a capability; ability; innate or acquired capacity for something; talent.


Defined as something that concerns, involves, draws the attention of, or arouses the curiosity of a person.

Linked Articles

Here are some resources to better understand the difference between the two words. Click on The Washington Post link to read how a Career Counselor defines the two. 

Aptitudes are the result of inheritance and early development. They are innate abilities that tend to stabilize at around the age of fourteen. Interests on the other hand, are the results of what you do, what you learn, and whom you know. They are influenced by outside factors. For more information, follow the link to the Johnson O'Connor Research Foundation's webpage. 

Difference between aptitudes and interests.


Defined by as capability; ability; innate or acquired capacity for something; or talent. 


Defined by as something that concerns, involves, draws the attention of, or arouses the curiosity of a person. 

Linked Article

Aptitudes and interests are often confused and used when it comes to their meaning and connotation, but there are considerable differences between them. There are Click The Washington Post link and read the article by Marshall Brown, a career coach, and how he defines aptitudes and interests. 

What do you find enjoyable?

Interest Tests - Job Aptitude Test

Interest tests focus on a person's values or interests to discover where their passions lie. These tests are taken to see how enjoyable a career field may be for your self.

Click the link to take an Interest Test.

O*Net Interest Profiler

What are your strengths and skills?

Aptitude/Skill Tests - Career Aptitude Test

A Career Aptitude Test will hone in on your strengths and key skills. These tests will help you pinpoint the jobs you would be good at.

Click the link to take a Skills Test.

O*Net Skills Search

Exit Ticket

Fill out the exit ticket after completing one or all three linked tests.

Exit Ticket

What is your personality type?

Personality Tests - Career Aptitude Test

Personality tests are normally given with conjunction with interest tests or skills tests to strengthen the results.

These tests allows make you aware of your personality type and and preferred working method. Using personality tests will allow you to find a career you will most likely enjoy.

Click the link to take a Personality Test.

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