CashCrunch Careers from CashCrunch Games helps people of all ages answer the question, "What do you want to do when you grow up?' Choosing a vocation and career can be a scary, overwhelming process.
One thing I loved about the website was the information on the Careers webpage about various careers. They list 17 different career segments (like Architecture & Construction, Education & Training, Finance, or Health Science). You can click on any of the career areas to learn more about all the different careers to choose from. There is a wealth of information on this website about careers.
CashCrunch also has free games you can play on their site. These games help middle school and high school students learn more about managing money. You can play them here.
I was very excited to be able to take a carer survey from CashCrunch Careers. In addition, my daughter Shine and my young friend Marielle took the career surveys.
When I took the career survey, the results gave me a wide variety of fields to choose from including human resources manager, education administration elementary and secondary, education administration post-secondary, cost estimator, lodging manager, and public relations managers. I had to laugh because they all describe the different hats I wear as a homeschooling mom, pastor's wife, and homemaker.
There is also a video that explains the survey and results to help you better understand your survey results. That was helpful.
Marielle and I sat down and discussed the results of her career survey because she is not sure what she wants to do after high school. She and her father have had a few talks, but this survey was helpful to give her ideas.
With Shine, we had a hard time connecting to discuss the results of her career survey, so I emailed her some questions and she answered them. I thought I would just share them with you.
Me: Was the test easy to complete?
Shine: More or less. It was confusing at first because I wasn't sure how or why most of the words were opposite each other. They weren't like "calm or easily stressed." They were more "sociable or handles stress well." Didn't seem like opposites. I realized you could hover over each word for more of a clarification. It seemed like it was the same concepts or phrases just over and over again, facing off against different ones than before, so in that sense, it reminded me of the "Love Languages" test.
Me: What careers were recommended that you liked?
Shine: Not many. Most of the positions were managers. My goal in life and career is to work in the film industry, but none of the options were artsy. The closest one was being n agent or business manager for artists, athletes, etc. So that one was at least slightly interesting. Public Relations, Marketing, Human Relations, Advertising and Promotions, Administrative Services, and Lodging Manager were all options that I would maybe consider.
Me: What career were recommended that you thought “YUCK!”
Shine: Most of them lol. Sales, Industrial Production, Construction, and Food Services Manager, Farmer/Rancher, and Funeral Director came up as options, and those are definitely not my forte. To be honest, not many of the options that came up were career paths that would be my first, second, or even third choice (those would be film, event management, and psychology).
Me: What was your impression of the test?
Shine: I love tests and getting to know myself, so to a degree, I enjoyed this one. At first it was confusing, but once I realized it was similar to the "Love Languages" test in the sense that there were actual a handful of qualities they were testing and they wanted to see which you possess most strongly by pitting it against a different quality each time, I got the hang of it. I didn't relate to all of the final descriptions of my strongest qualities, but there was still plenty that was accurate. I wouldn't pursue an actual career in any of the suggested fields unless my first three fell through, though.
But it was good to know about my strengths and how they could be applied to the business world. And each page for the potential careers not only has a list of the tasks and activities, but the attributes, abilities, work values, and skills associated with/required for the position, which makes it easier to see if such a career path would be something I'm interested in or well-suited for.
Paul Vasey from CashCrunch also teaches a course on SchoolhouseTeachers.com called Personal Finances in Bite-Sized Chunks. This course looks amazing. Check it out here.
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I love the games! I loved all the information about careers. I would like to see more career surveys instead of just the one. Maybe some surveys that measured interests, talents, giftings, and personal mission. I think that would add more depth to career exploration.
Until next time, Happy Homeschooling!