The My Career Fit Tool uses variability in the users’ responses to determine scores and suggest job results. Entering the same answer for all of the questions will cause the tool to return an error message. Vary your responses to best fit your work interests and work environment preferences to get the best results from the tool. If you are unsure about your interests, click on the “My Work Interests” button in the “Do you need help identifying your work interests?” box at the bottom of the six-question work interests questionnaire. You will be directed to a long version of the work interests questionnaire, where you can explore your preferences in more detail.
Your responses to the My Career Fit Tool questionnaires are only saved temporarily while you are using the website. This is required to match your responses to VA jobs. However, once you close your browser or navigate away from the MyCareer@VA site, all of your data will be permanently deleted and you will need to take the questionnaire again to display job matches.
How do I begin using the My Career Mapping Tool?
After the user provides information on their starting job and clicks “show options,” nine jobs are displayed which are most similar in competencies to the starting job. These jobs are usually at the same or a higher grade level as the starting job, but sometimes are at a lower level. Symbols indicate the level of job match between the starting job and the displayed job, and whether the displayed job is from a different occupational family than the starting job.
MyCareer@VA recognizes the central importance of supervisors and managers in helping employees explore and plan for satisfying careers within VA. The portal contains information and resources sections devoted to supervisors and managers that will be enhanced in later phases. Visit the Resources for Supervisors and HR Professionals for more information.
Currently, the courses that are on the website are part of TMS, which is a VA training and development site. Only current VA employees can access TMS. Policies and procedures for requesting and attending training and development activities may differ across VA. Therefore, you should always first discuss your interest in specific training or development programs with your supervisor. In some cases, your supervisor needs to recommend you for program admission and always needs to approve your schedule and training expenditures.
The MyCareer@VA tools are intended to help you identify opportunities. The Develop Self tab of the website contains information on how to begin a discussion with your supervisor about career development. In general, you will need to balance the needs of your current role with your future development goals. Your supervisor is the best person to help you achieve that balance.
If a job is identified as an MCO, Agencies assess them on a variety of measures or conditions. These may include:
Each of these factors is assessed in several different ways. For example, the level of difficulty in retaining employees is affected both by turnover in the first five years, and by projected retirements.
As of the September 2012 update of MyCareer@VA, 100 percent of the MCOs above are included in the portal’s pages.
To learn more about hiring authorities you can speak with an HR Representative at VA and visit these sites:
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