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FOCUS

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WHAT IS FOCUS?

Focus is an on-line career system that provides information to help you learn more about yourself and identify occupations and majors that may be a good fit for you.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT WHEN USING FOCUS?

Focus is divided into six sections:

  1. Welcome: Developing Your Personalized Career and Education Plans
    This section offers a series of questions to help you become more aware of your academic strengths, career planning status, and personal development needs.

  2. Self Assessment: Learn Something About Yourself
    This section offers a series of assessments. After you complete these assessments, Focus will use your answers to connect you to occupations and majors that correspond to your interests, skills, values and personality.

    • Work Interest Assessment
    • Values Assessment
    • Personality Assessment
    • Skills Assessment
    • Leisure Assessment

  3. Explore the Possibilities: Career and Education Planning
    This section offers you an opportunity to explore, learn about, and compare occupations by their title, industry, and major. You can review detailed reports of any occupation(s) to inform your career decision making process.

  4. Take Action: Map Your Academic and Career Development Activities
    This section enables you to create a roadmap of your academic and career development activities.

  5. Career and Education Planning Results: Career Portfolio
    This section offers a report summarizing your use of Focus, including your assessment results and any occupations saved as your favorites.

  6. Recommended Tools & Websites
    This section offers websites for job and internship postings, and links to resources recommended by the Career Development Center's staff.

HOW LONG WILL FOCUS TAKE?

Focus is entirely self-paced. Be sure to respond to all questions in each subsection of an assessment. If you close out of Focus before completing any subsection, the website will not remember your answers in that assessment.

WHEN CAN YOU USE FOCUS?

Focus is completed online and at any computer that has internet access and web browsing capabilities. You can create an account and/or login to Focus here.

HOW ELSE CAN THE CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER HELP?

After using Focus you should make a follow up appointment with a career counselor to review your results. You will learn that Focus is only one of many services offered by the CDC to assist you in deciding on a career goal, occupational path or major. Although we often recommend you start by using Focus, you can meet with a career counselor to discuss your career plans anytime.

Career Development Center

Buffalo State College  •  1300 Elmwood Avenue  •  Cleveland Hall 306
Buffalo, New York 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-5811  •  Fax: (716) 878-3152

askcdc@buffalostate.edu