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Bogdan Wołowczyk,
Manager of the Information and Career Planning Centre of the Voivodeship Employment Office in Katowice

Tu succeed, you need to have the ability to set professional goals for yourself. To make informed decisions, you need to know your capabilities, strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, people who are looking for a job, thinking about retraining, opening their own business or taking their first steps in the job market should recognize their potential as fully as possible. To do that, they can use the assistance of career counselors. They know the trends and expectations of employers and they have a package of professional tools for diagnosis of career preferences.

One of these is a free test called the Multifaceted Assessment of Occupational Preferences. It is a tool developed by scholars and practitioners of psychology and career counseling. Thanks to the funds from the European Union, the test is now available online, on the website of the Voivodeship Employment Office in Katowice: It consists of two parts. The first is a set of questions that identify the dominant personality type, e.g., social, research, or entrepreneurial. The second is about choosing what we call “job characteristics”, the professional values you cherish that influence your career aspirations and goals. The result is presented in the form of a report containing a graphical chart, a description of key personality traits and key job characteristics, and most importantly, examples of the most relevant jobs and occupations. When you already have the results it is a good idea to schedule a free consultation with a career counselor. The app has been running sinc e December 2019, and its success is evidenced by the fact that more than 57,000 people have used it so far.

Looking for a new path of development, it is also worth considering participation in EU projects. An integral part of projects financed by the European Funds is career guidance, which allows participants to choose the most appropriate form of support for their needs - training, internship, or a grant for setting up their own business. This is confirmed by the stories of the protagonists of our publication, who emphasize that such consultancy sessions, verification of their capabilities and professional goals, were the inspiration for taking up new challenges.