How FOCUS 2 Works
Services provided are divided into nine phases as follows:
Phase 1: Analyze Your Career Planning Status
You answer questions about your career planning status. Based on your answers FOCUS 2 suggests how you can best use the system to satisfy your personal career planning needs.
Phase 2: Self-Assess Your Interests, Values and Skills
You answer questions to describe your interests, work values and your skills. FOCUS 2 scores and summarizes your results in a personal profile that will be used for exploring occupations.
Phase 3: Explore and Analyze Occupations Based On Your Interests and Work Values
FOCUS 2 identifies occupations that match your interests and values profile you created in Phase 2. You can analyze occupations that appeal to you and express your likes and dislikes about the critical aspects of each occupation. FOCUS 2 summarizes your reactions for each occupation you analyze.
Phase 4: Explore and Analyze Occupations Based on
Educational Areas of Study, Education Level, Training and Skills
In this phase you identify the types of training programs that interest you. You also describe your skills. FOCUS 2 then creates a list of occupations that people with your educational interests typically enter. You can analyze and compare critical features about these occupations. FOCUS 2 compares the different occupation lists you create as you proceed through the Phases.
Phase 5: Explore and Analyze Occupations Based On Personality and Life Values
You answer questions that provide a picture of your personality type. You also answer questions regarding your life values, that is, the things in life that are most important to you. FOCUS 2 then creates a list of occupations that match both your personality and life values and helps you analyze critical features about the occupations.
Phase 6: Explore and Analyze Occupations based on Leisure Activities
In this phase you answer questions about what kinds of activities you most enjoy doing in your spare time such as hobbies and recreation. FOCUS 2 identifies occupations that match your leisure activities profile and helps you analyze critical features about the occupations.
Phase 7: Search for and Analyze Occupations Based on Your Skills
In this phase you identify those skills in which you are most proficient or are currently developing. FOCUS 2 then creates a list of occupations that match your skills and helps you analyze critical features about occupations that appeal to you.
Phase 8A: Find Information for a Specific Occupation
Phase 8B: Compare Two Occupations Side by Side
In this phase you can search for information for any occupation you wish. The information available includes a description of the occupation’s duties, earnings, educational requirements, skills, demands, work values satisfactions, outlook for job openings, amount of travel, opportunities for creativity, team work, etc. You can now compare two occupations side by side on your monitor screen with all the above information.
Phase 9: Your Personal Development Needs
In this phase you answer questions about how specific you are about your career plans and your personal development needs. FOCUS 2 then summarizes your answers and provides you with personalized comments.