Vocational interests refer to the occupations or career fields that a person may consider pursuing, while vocational choice is the occupation or career field that a person actually decides to pursue. Vocational interests and choices are personal and individualized, based on one’s values, motivations, goals, experiences, and education. Today, it is common for people to explore multiple interests or even change their vocational choices over time.

Vocational Exploration

Many career choice and development theories include or refer to vocational exploration—the time during which one assesses and investigates possible career options in order to decide on a vocational path. Vocational exploration is the process through which a person appraises his or her attributes and qualities, including his or her interests, values, and personality, in order to understand what ...

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