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Explore the Library and identify five websites that will help Chris begin to focus and decide on a career track that makes sense. As an example, use the link for the Princeton Review career quiz found in Unit Resources. Explain in a sentence or two why you believe each website would benefit Chris in his search for a career track.

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Interesting application questions! Let's take a closer look.

1. 2-3 paragraphs: Details: Take two critical thinking quizzes, and without giving your score, assess how you did in 100 words or less.

For this first question, be sure to take two critical thinking quizzes. It is important to complete the quizzes your self, as my experience will not be the same as yours. Rather, you can use the following response as an illustrative example to consider. See http://www.cof.orst.edu/cof/teach/for442/quizzes/q1003.htm (see Example 1 below) and http://www.captus.com/information/demo-ct-quiz.htm (see Example 2 below).

I took the two critical thinking quizzes above and I think I did extremely well. It might be written up something to the effect:

ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLE:

I think I did extremely well. As a critical thinker, I went beyond my first responses that come to mind. I tried to eliminate the obvious wrong answers, but remained flexible in that I might consider it again after I critical analyzed the logic of the question. For example, as a critical thinker, I paid attention to each question in order to identify and understand the argument. Then I critically analyzed the logic of the potential answers that would make one answer correct, while the others were not. I assessed the reasons given and their relationship to the conclusion. In evaluating an argument, I assessed whether the reasons gave adequate support for the conclusion presented in the question. Some were mathematics, so it was about calculating the correct answer, while other demanded a re-thinking of the concept to derive at the correct answer. And, for a few, I made lucky guesses, I hope.

Please click on http://www.cof.orst.edu/cof/teach/for442/quizzes/q1003.htm, which is downloaded below, with the correct answers and an explanation of the correct answers as well. Do you think differently about critical thinking? The second quiz is fairly short, which is also downloaded below (See Example 2).

2. Explore the Library and identify five websites that will help Chris begin to focus and decide on a career track that makes sense. As an example, use the link for the Princeton Review career quiz found in Unit Resources. Explain in a sentence or two why you believe each website would benefit Chris in his search for a career track.

Each of the following websites has a career quiz which would be helpful for Chris in determining his career path. Each quiz measures a different factor related to a career. Let's take a closer look, and be sure to click on the website to check out the career quiz your self.

a. Please review the Princeton Review career quiz at http://www.princetonreview.com/cte/quiz/career_quiz1.asp.

This career quiz would help Chris to begin to think about different careers that he is interesting in by choosing between different pairs of jobs. For example, one pair is: a. I would rather be an accounting manager. b. I would rather be a history professor. This helps him critically think about what type of job he would like (e.g., working with numbers), but also the type of job that he is less interested in (e.g., teaching).

b. Australian Career Quiz (click http://jobsearch.gov.au/CareerQuiz/careerquiz.aspx).

This quiz will be helpful to Chris, because in completing this checklist which consists of six different tasks people do at work, it will help Chris find types of work he likes most, and will only take a few minutes to complete. For example, Chris will need to choose one of the following:

Q1: Do professional lifesaving at a beach
Work on genetic research in a laboratory
Edit articles written for a popular magazine
Analyze and re-write a company budget
Convince a retailer to buy your company's wholesale product
Monitor and attend to sick people in an intensive care unit http://jobsearch.gov.au/CareerQuiz/careerquiz.aspx

These types of questions will help Chris decide which tasks (linked to specific jobs) that he likes more than other e.g., research, editor, businessperson, retail, or health care, which is important in deciding on a career direction.

c. Work Preference Quiz (see http://www.jobsetc.ca/toolbox/quizzes/interests_quiz.do?lang=e).

The quiz contains 50 questions related to work performances, with the approximate completion time being 15 minutes. For example, he would have to answer the following question on a 5-point scale: I like to work at the ...

Solution Summary

This solution identifies five websites that will help Chris begin to focus and decide on a career track that makes sense, including how the Princeton Review career quiz could help in this decision-making process. Then, it briefly explains how each website would benefit Chris in his search for a career track.

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