Realistic Career Decision Making: It’s More Than Passion

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Welcome to this online course about informed career decision making and the tools that are available to you for helping your students or clients make their career and educational decisions with the best information.

Decisions about a career can be quite complex given that one generally spends 30 or more years working. Receiving the necessary education and training to qualify you for a career influences your lifestyle, opportunities, and finances. It is best to be smart about one’s career choice and spend time thinking about the opportunities and consequences before plunging ahead.

Whether you’re a private practitioner, a college or university professional, whether you are employed in workforce development or in our elementary or secondary education systems, it is important that you help clients understand the consequences of their decisions.

7 CE clock hours

Your Instructor: Janet Wall
Janet E. Wall, EdD,  CCSP, JCTC, NCDA CDF-I, NCDA Fellow is the 2011 recipient of the National Career Development Association’s Merit Award and the 2012 recipient of the American Counseling Association’s Carl Perkins Government Relations Award and many others, has worked at the federal, state, and school district levels in the areas of assessment, evaluation, and career development. Her work has spanned the public and private sectors from the Pre-K level through executive development.
She is Past President of the Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education (AACE) and has been an officer in the Association for Counselors and Educators in Government and the Maryland Career Development Association. As the appointed representative of the American Counseling Association to the Joint Committee on Testing Practices (JCTP), she has been chair and a member of that group. She chaired or was a working member of several JCTP working groups to include those that produced the Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education, the ABC’s of School Testing  video and leaders guide, Rights and Responsibilities of Test Takers: Guidelines and Expectations, and a book on assessment of individuals with disabilities. She represented AACE and NCDA as co-chair of the committee that developed the Career Counselor Assessment and Evaluation Competencies, now endorsed by both associations. She is an active member of the NCDA Technology Committee and owns and moderates the NCDA LinkedIn group which has just under 20,000 members as of this writing.
Janet has co-edited a book on educational and career assessment, and is author of four McGraw-Hill test preparation books for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), a book on vocational interests, and one on interactive web tools for the job seeker.  She is a trainer, distance educator, conference presenter, conference keynoter, and writer of articles, reports, and monographs. She has been instrumental in the development of the ASVAB Career Exploration Program, serving many millions of youth, and ACT’s DISCOVER. Janet is co-author of the Ability Explorer and assessment published by JIST.
She is the Founder of Career Planning Academy, a multiple award winning learning management system that provides professional development for career development professionals. She can be reached at Visit her LinkedIn page at

At the conclusion of this course, you will be able to: 

  Review what is involved in the career decision making process. 
  Identify the association between career, education and training levels, and future wages. 
   Learn how educational choices influence future careers and lifestyles. 
  Gain some tools and resources by which you can help people make an informed career decision.