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If you are not sure what career is right for you, you could try using one of the following link; Kudos or Kudos AD.These ‘interest guides’ are provided by Cascaid Ltd and are not owned or controlled by Isle of Man Government but could give an indication of the sort of careers you may find interesting or enjoyable. Kudos new user - for those at school or who have recently left education but never registered. You will first need to enter the first part of your post code. Once you have shown you are an Isle of Man resident, you will then be able to register/log in to the Cascaid website. Remember to write down the username & password you create for yourself as this will be between you and Cascaid; Isle of Man Careers guidance service will not have a list should you lose it.

Work your way through all of the questions thinking carefully about how much, or how little you enjoy the actions described. There will be some aspects of work that really don’t matter to you but try to be positive or negative if you can and also try to differentiate. i.e. would you like the activity describe or would you really love it? Would you dislike an activity or would you detest it? Remember to answer broadly about the activity rather than giving an answer based on a job that comes to mind. Try to answer as many questions as possible and the programme will build a profile of your interests and match with a database of careers.

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The buzz quiz

The buzz quiz is based on ideas created by the famous psychologists, Carl Jung and adapted by Myers-Briggs. Just as we prefer our left or right hand, we have developed our own unique personality traits. Some of us are talkative and sociable, some quiet and reserved, others can adapt these traits depending on the circumstances. All of these personality traits in the right circumstances can complement each other. The trick is to know ourselves, understanding ourselves helps us to build positive relationships with others and make the right decisions at the right time. The buzz quiz takes five minutes to complete online and the information can help you to think about your preferences when considering career options.The icould website also has lots of useful videos about different types of jobs.Try it here Buzz Quiz.

Job Jackpot

Within one company alone there are a range of different jobs to choose from depending on the type of the industry you choose to work within. Start by choosing a set period of time – an hour, a day, or even a week. The idea is to explore, how you can make an informed decision without knowing about the opportunities?

Estimate how many jobs you’ll come into contact with during that time.

Make a note when you see someone doing a job – for example, ambulance driver, surveyor, swimming instructor.

When your time’s up, compare your final score to that of your earlier guess.

How accurate was your estimate?

Are there any surprises on your list? Did you discover a job that you’ve never thought about before or that’s new to you? Is there anything you want to find out more about?

A good place to try this is when you complete work experience how many different people do you come into contact with who all do different jobs within the same company.

Explore, investigate, compare.

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