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Cynthia R. Hall, Counseling Manager, UCLA Career Center

Our students have benefitted from using the SkillScan materials in the past and we are looking forward to expanding the benefits by having it available online. During the workshops, I have often started the session (after introductions) by asking the students “to write down nine (9) skills that they have.” Invariably students can write down one or two or even perhaps as many as five until I see their pens halted. I assure them that if they had been able to think of nine skills they probably won’t be in this workshop. That tends to put all of them at ease, whether they are a first year undergraduate or a PhD candidate. By the end of the workshop they are all so animated having: [1] identified their skills, [2] learned how to promote their skill set in a resume, and [3] recognized organizations and/or careers that seek those skills.

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Career Driver Online provides a wealth of information and resources which I really think make this almost a "one stop shop" assessment. Including cursory "interest," "values" and "personality" assessments is great for folks eager to get going and have some ideas of directions to pursue. There's a wealth of information for follow-up and discussion, so that anyone about to "launch" and not sure of what to do next has validation and support for taking next steps.