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Career Exploration is simply learning about various occupations and their "fit" with your unique career preferences, e.g. the skills, interests and values you want satisfied by your career. Ideally, you engage in career exploration during or after identifying your career preferences through.
How do we expect job seekers to dream if they don't know what they can dream about? Opportunities for career exploration give people broader exposure to the working world. It helps them connect the dots between school and career in ways that keep them motivated to graduate with the skills they will need for the future.
Let's provide an example in the auto industry. The industry has several entry level jobs moving to skilled technicians and service management positions. Entry level jobs usually require some experience but mostly attitude. Here a sample of the most important:
Respect for Others - Respect in the workplace doesn't solely extend to the way employees interact with management. People who have self respect don't do manager's biding no matter what; they think for themselves and present alternative ideas at times, but respectfully. Employees should also have a respectful attitude when interacting with clients and customers as well as coworkers. Those with this type of attitude are willing to treat other people politely and professionally, even if they disagree with the other person's point of view.
Let's take a look at the automotive industry.
There is an incredible car culture to be found all across the globe, and the $257 billion-dollar automotive industry caters to the needs of this culture in a brilliant fashion. The industry is not only about the selling of cars and other motor vehicles, but also involves the designing, manufacturing, and repair of them as well. The umbrella of the automotive industry also includes such services as the selling of various accessories and auto parts that are significant in maintaining efficient functioning within an automobile's systems. From this, we define the automotive industry as encompassing all companies and activities involved with automobiles as stated above. Some of the biggest key players of the industry include the German-based manufacturer Volkswagen, two major automobile companies of Japan (i.e. Toyota Motor Corporation and Nissan Motor Corporation), the US-based rivals of General Motors and the Ford Motor Company, and the Italian company Fiat.
Automobile service and repair is a growing industry employing many different professionals, from mechanics to collision repair technicians to service managers. Read on to learn about a few common careers in this field. Schools offering Automobile Repair degrees can also be found in these popular choices.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, almost one million people in the United States work in the fields of auto service and repair. Jobs include everything from basic maintenance work (like at an oil-changing shop) to complete engine rebuilds to collision repair. Listed below are some of the more popular automotive careers.
Important Facts about This Occupational Field
High school diploma, though some employers prefer to hire those with formal training
Job Outlook (2012-2022)
9% (for auto service techs and mechanics)
Dexterity, mechanical, time management, critical thinking, detail oriented, customer service
Service Technician - Service technicians are the automobile service employees we deal with most frequently. Whether you're taking your car in for its 10,000-mile tune-up or for a strange noise in the engine, service technicians and mechanics diagnose what may be wrong and tell you how much it'll cost to fix it. Because they're usually certified by a national body like the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), they're also well-qualified to perform any needed repairs. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that auto service technicians and mechanics earned an average annual salary of $39,980 in 2014 (www.bls.gov).
Auto Body Repair Technician - If you've ever been in an accident and had your car restored, you know about the collision repair performed by auto body repair technicians. Around 200,000 people work in this sector of the automobile repair and service industry. Many have training similar to that of service technicians, allowing them to diagnose problems caused by a car accident. They also have special training in cosmetic repair, like reshaping and repainting bent car panels. According to the BLS, the average annual salary for auto body repair workers was $43,870 in 2014. The related job of auto glass repairer earned $34,050 on average that year (www.bls.gov).
Service Manager - Not all auto service and repair careers involve getting your hands greasy. Although they're highly skilled service technicians as well, service managers focus on the business side of the industry. They perform cost estimation, letting you know the expected price tag for the service you need. They also handle the financial and human resource aspects of running an automobile service and repair business. PayScale.com reported that auto service managers earned a median salary of $51,698 in September 2015.
Let's look at a few of the many jobs in the automobile industry. After career discovery these jobs that provide not only livable wages but also a natural career progression adding opportunity to increase skills, salary and responsibility.
Quick Lube Technician
Auto Parts Delivery
Auto Parts Sales Representative
Experience and certification required jobs
Automotive Service Technician
Service Manager Ticket manager
Attached are typical Job Descriptions. You can do this type of discovery yourself on a desire career field. Best of luck and enjoy the ride!
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