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What Are Your Interests?

What do you like to do? Your interests play an important part in your job satisfaction.

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Sometimes people take any job without thinking about if they like the job. They learn that there are some tasks they like to do. And there are other tasks they don't like to do.

Examples of tasks some people are interested in:

  • Talking with others
  • Working outdoors
  • Reading books
  • Building things

Finding a job that has tasks that are interesting to you will make the job more enjoyable, and you will be more motivated to keep that job. You'll also do a better job and are more likely to be promoted. Interests are what you like to do at work. You can choose a career based on your interests.

Why Should I Care About My Interests?

Here are reasons to pick a job that matches your interests:

  • You will be happier doing a job you like (matches your interests) than one you dislike.
  • Not everything you enjoy doing will provide you with a good income. It is important to balance what you enjoy, what you are good at (your skills), and what jobs are available.
  • You may not enjoy every part of your job, but you should enjoy most of it.

Think about how your likes and dislikes match the careers you might like. Complete this worksheet (94KB, .pdf).

OR

Take this short interest assessment (110KB, .pdf) to see which career clusters fit you best. Then look at some careers that match your interests (68KB, .pdf).

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