Career exploration is a developmental process that evolves over time. It involves learning about yourself and the world of work in order to identify potentially satisfying occupations. This will assist you in developing effective strategies to meet your goals. Evaluate yourself and research the many possibilities for a rewarding career!
Where should I start?
Check out the following websites for more information to assist you in your career exploration! You can also to check out the NACE Salary Survey and see what your possible career choices are currently making as of January 2014!
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: This site is easy to read and had lots of information. See the "Related Occupations" to look into other "branch out" occupations that may be of interest.
- O*Net: Pay attention to the "Tasks" section after you've selected an occupation to research. A rule of thumb is if at least seven of the tasks match your interests, consider further research for a possible career, or talk with your counselor about it in your next session.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: At the BLS website, you will find the most factual information on state-by-state job market information, employment projections and job trends - public or private sector. The best BLS tools: Employment Projections, Occupational Outlook Handbook, State-by-state Job Info, Search by Your Occupation
- Department of Labor Main page: What could possibly be better for a job seeker than the mecca of labor itself? Find all the documents, forms, legalities, and certification info you need for any type of employment. The best Department of labor tool is the Job Seeker Find It! Index.
- Gov Central: Gov Central is the place to start your search with detailed information for different govenrment jobs, security clearance levels needed, and pay scales.
- Career One Stop: Career One Stop is a site sponsored by the Department of Labor, and is a source for "employment information and inspiration." Find useful advice on interviews, resumes, and training. The best Career One Stop tools: Service Locator in Your Area, Skills Profiler.
- The Office of Personnel Management: All open government vacancies are listed on USAJobs. As a government job-seeker you are required to submit your application through USAJobs. The best USAJobs.gov tools: New Job Search, Job Interest Matching Guides, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Jobs.
- College Board: Find your major of interest by searching through the dropdown lists, or using the search box on the right. This is a useful site for finding detailed information on different majors.