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Career Match Series: The 15-10-5-1 Approach

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the multitude of career options out there? Don't worry, you're not alone. Navigating the sea of possibilities can be daunting, but fear not - we're here to guide you through it with our 15-10-5-1 approach.

Career Match Series: The 15-10-5-1 Approach

In this blog post, we introduce a structured method to help you narrow down your career choices and find the perfect fit for you. By breaking down the process into manageable steps, you'll gain clarity and confidence in your decision-making. Let's begin!


Career Match Series: The 15 - 10 - 5 - 1 Approach

Step 1 - Favorite at least "15" careers from your career suggestions

First things first, log in to your Colorado Career Advising (CCA) Tool Results and start exploring your personalized career suggestions.

Note: Haven't tried the CCA Tool yet? Take it now to explore personalized career suggestions based on your interests, skills, and goals. It's a valuable resource for discovering potential career paths aligned with your passions and strengths. Don't miss out on this opportunity to gain clarity and confidence in your career exploration journey.

Updated Career Suggestions

Thumbs up your favorite career suggestions and aim for at least 15 selections. Don't be afraid to explore new options - you might just discover a hidden gem! This initial step will set the foundation for your career exploration journey.

Step 2 - Choosing "10" out of your 15 favorite career options

Next dive into some light research to refine your career choices further. This step provided valuable insights into the practical aspects of your chosen careers.

Choose 10 of your favorite careers from the CCA Tool and complete the following:

  • Watch the short career videos

  • Read the Top Tips

  • Note the average salary in Colorado

  • Explore the Industry Insider page for detailed insights

  • Reach out to an expert in the field to discuss pros, cons, and training/education needed

  • Jot down key points to remember for the next step!

Watch, Read, Explore, Reach Out: All about Your Chosen Career Match)

Step 3 - Explore more of your top "5" careers from your favorite list

Let's build on your previous research. This step empowers you to make informed decisions about your educational and financial future. Choose 5 careers from the 10 favorite careers you researched and explore the skills, training, or education required to land your ideal job. Consider the associated costs and explore financial aid and scholarships options available in Colorado.

Step 4 - Discuss your top "1" to 3 career options with your mentor

Now that you've done some groundwork, it's time to seek a second opinion. Reach out to your mentor, career coach, favorite teacher, or trusted friend to discuss your top 1 to 3 career options.

Quick guide questions to ask your mentor:
  1. Based on my research and interests, do my top 1 to 3 career options seem like a good fit for me?

  2. What are some potential challenges or obstacles I might face in pursuing these careers?

  3. Can you provide insight into the current job market and demand for these career paths in our region?

  4. How can I best prepare myself to excel in the chosen field, considering my strengths and areas for improvement?

  5. Are there any networking opportunities or industry events you recommend I attend to gain further insights and connections?

  6. What additional resources or support should I seek out as I continue to explore and pursue my career goals?

  7. Do you have any personal experiences or anecdotes related to these career paths that you can share to help me better understand what to expect?

  8. How can I leverage the skills and experiences I already have to enhance my prospects in these careers?

  9. What advice do you have for setting short-term and long-term goals to progress in my chosen field?

  10. How can I maintain a healthy work-life balance while pursuing my career aspirations?


Utilize your CCA Tool Results to ensure that your top choices align with who you are. Ask your mentor to assist you in setting challenging yet achievable short-term goals.

Reflection and Goal Settings

Congratulations on completing the Career Match Series 15-10-5-1! Armed with newfound insights and guidance, you're well-equipped to navigate your career journey with confidence and clarity. Remember, your career exploration doesn't end here - it's a continuous journey of growth and discovery.

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