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Job Search Handbook for People with Disabilities, 3rd Edition by Daniel J. Ryan Ph.D.

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CHAPTER 2Exploring Careers

When you have a good idea of who you are and what you have to offer, the next step is to determine the possible careers that match up favorably with your interests, values, strengths, and weaknesses. Many of the interest inventories mentioned in Chapter 1 will give you a list of occupations that match your individual profile. These lists are an excellent starting point.

I have conducted workshops for high school students, incoming college freshmen, and adults. I often start job search workshops with a simple question: “How many people here think that they have a pretty good idea of what the job of a police officer is like? A judge? A forensic scientist?” Usually, many if not most of the people in the audience will raise ...

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