Discover Options

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Time to Complete

2 minutes


After discoverers take the assessment and learn about their strongest personality types and work/program environments, they discover and choose from careers and/or programs of study that match them. Some options will be familiar and many will be new. Opening discoverers’ eyes to new, promising possibilities is one of Career Key Discovery’s (CKD) greatest strengths.


  • Become familiar with how CKD displays careers and/or matching programs
  • Learn what information is provided about each career and program
  • Learn how your organization can customize programs for your discoverers


Career and program exploration helps people make better career decisions. Research shows they are more engaged and satisfied with their career choices if they’ve fully explored the possibilities. CKD gives discoverers a context (Assessment Results) and framework (Careers and Programs) to guide their exploration. The goal of this step is for discoverers to select and save matching options that interest them most for further research and consideration.

Careers and Programs Display

CKD encourages discoverers to explore and select from programs that match their top two or three personality types. Choosing from these options is more likely to lead to the their success and satisfaction. CKD organizes matching careers and programs in groups, with information describing each one.

Note: Some organizations may configure their CKD plug in(s) to display only careers or only programs of study, or both together. (See “Customizing Careers and Programs” below.)

Exploring options in groups

To improve user experience, Career Key uniquely organizes and displays matching careers and programs of study in groups. We classify them by Holland personality type, and then break them down into smaller groups within each type based on worker traits, interests, temperament, skills and abilities.

Our approach is to open up more options for discoverers first, then empower them to narrow down and refine them. This leads to more valid, personalized and useful choices.

CKD automatically opens up the discoverer’s top two personality types to display all their work groups. But at any time, the discoverer can open any of the six personality types to see their groups and options.

Familiar and new

For example within the Social personality type, the first three groups of programs are “Social Service, “Nursing, Therapy and Health Promotion,” and “Child and Adult Care.” Each one contains familiar options like social worker, nurse, and child care worker. But they also contain less familiar but promising options, like nursing anesthetist,  exercise physiologist and licensed practical nurse.

Career Information

For careers, we include a short description of what the person does so even if they are completely unfamiliar with the career title, a discoverer might add it to their list of possibilities.

Because they see careers and programs in groups, discoverers are more likely to explore the less familiar and consider them as possibilities. That’s important in today’s economy where people overlook many specialized, promising programs because they don’t know about them.

Discoverers can also open up each career to learn more:

Each career shows related education programs that are also compatible with that career’s dominant personality type.

Program Information

When the discoverer clicks on a program, it expands to show more information:

  • Description of the program,
  • Links to learn more about that program (See also Customized Careers and Programs)

Each program shows related careers that are also compatible with that program’s dominant personality type.

The program name links to Career Key’s article “Learn More about College Major Environments.”

“Find Schools” links to the U.S. Department of Education’s College Navigator.

Note: Some organizations may configure CKD to display only careers or only programs of study, or display both. Also, depending on availability, different levels of detail and types of data may be displayed depending on the organization’s settings and country. (See “Customizing Careers and Programs” below.)

Save Options to Profile

As discoverers view their options, they can select/bookmark and save those that interest them most to research later.

Selections are saved to the person’s Profile, which we’ll discuss more in the next steps of the Discovery Process. Discoverers can email the Profile to themselves, or download it in a PDF.

We encourage discoverers to return to these lists of programs throughout decision-making. Over time, discoverers may need to remove some selections and look for new ones. CKD is a dynamic, continuing resource for discoverers.

Customized Programs and Careers

To ensure discoverers see the most relevant career and education information, CKD can vary the content it displays by the CKD plug in settings an organization chooses, including the country location.

  • By Country: Careers and programs may differ by title, description, labor market information, related careers and education programs, and language. The United States is the default selection. If CKD does not display certain information, then it is not yet available for that country.
  • By Organization: Colleges and universities may choose to display only the programs of study they offer. If they want to display careers as well, they can choose to limit the display of careers by the level of education required. For example, a four-year college may only want to display careers that require a bachelor’s degree or more.

Next Step: Research and Make a Decision


About the Assessment > Careers and Education Programs