Career Development Interventions, 5th Edition Chapter 7 Activity

“This activity provides you with free access to Kuder Navigator®, a web-based system developed by Kuder, Inc. and marketed for use in middle schools and secondary schools in the United States and internationally. As one of the leading systems in the world, it will give you an overview of features offered in such systems. This activity will assist you to apply its content to helping students meet the objectives for career development that are stated in your school’s goals.”

Dr. Spencer C. Niles & Dr. JoAnn Harris-Bowlsbey

  1. On the Navigator homepage, select Kuder Career Interests Assessment® in the blue box. This 60-item, Likert scale interest assessment is based on the theory of John Holland. (If time permits, also complete the Kuder Skills Confidence Assessment® and Super’s Work Values Inventory-revised, authored by Donald E. Super.)
  2. While on the homepage, note the many menu items on the left side of the page. Also, notice My Next Steps, a list of career development tasks on the right side of the page, which are addressed in the system. As work is completed in the system, tasks are crossed off and saved as Completed Tasks.
  3. When you have completed the interests assessment, select My Assessments, then My Assessment Results.
  4. Based on your results, Navigator suggests a list of occupations for exploration.
  5. After reading the results of your own interest assessment, choose Explore Occupations and then Occupations Suggested by Assessment Results from the left column menu. A list of occupations suggested for your exploration will appear. These occupations can typically be entered at the educational level that you indicated at sign-on as your highest expected level.
  6. If you have only completed the interests assessment, this list is based upon the results of that assessment only. If you have completed two or three of the assessments, the list is based upon a compilation of those assessment results, and the report will display which assessment identified each of the occupations that warrant further exploration. Occupations identified by more than one assessment should be considered as a high priority for students’ exploration.
  7. View the descriptions of at least three occupations on your list. On the page that follows, sub-sections of the occupational description can be selected, and the description can be printed.
  8. Note that each occupational description is accompanied by a short video that describes the work tasks of the occupation. You can “favorite” any of the occupations that you view by clicking the star on the left side of Save to My Favorite Occupations under the occupation’s title. This action will place the title of the occupation in your e-Profile, which serves as an electronic portfolio.
  9. From the left navigation menu, choose My Favorites and then My Favorite Occupations. Next, choose the option to compare occupations and then select the titles of either two or three occupations and then Compare. That action will provide a two- or three-columned table that compares various characteristics of the occupations side by side.
  10. From the left navigation menu, select Explore Majors and then Majors Related to Occupations. Choose any major by selecting its title. On the page that displays a brief description of the major, select the tab that says Schools Offering This Major. You can learn about each of these schools by selecting their titles.
  11. From the left navigation menu, choose Plan for EducationFind Schools, then select Filter Options. Select 2-4 characteristics (such as region or state, major, size, cost, etc.) and apply these filters. You will receive a list of postsecondary schools and universities that meet these criteria. You may also look at their descriptions. As you do so, choose some as “favorites” by selecting Save to My Favorites. Then go to My Favorites, select My Favorite Schools, and compare two or three schools, just as you did with occupations. Use the second approach to finding schools, called College Match. This approach helps students fit themselves with higher education institutions by probability of admission and financial capability.

There is so much more content in Navigator, but we know that your time is limited. Just review the remainder of the menu options, which include building multi-year education plans (a customizable feature within the system), preparing for college entrance exams, requesting transcripts, writing resumes, finding a job, tips for participating in a job interview, and maintaining a personal e-Profile.