Where To Go To Research Career Options

researching careersWhere To Go

Every two years the Department of Labor publishes the Occupational Handbook. You can usually find this book at any local book store such as Barnes and Noble or Boarders Books. You can also visit their website at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ to view the same information. This source will provide you with the important details on almost every possible career. It is easy to get lost down the rabbit whole of possibilities so it is important to be organized and not stress out. We would recommend blocking off an hour or so to browse through the different careers. Stay focused on what is important to you.

Industry Associations

Often industries have associations to help protect their interests. These websites can often be a good source of the latest industry news and activity. Additionally, these sites often have a directory of professionals that are a part of the association. Most professionals will be more than happy to discuss their profession with you and help point you in the right direction.

Getting Experience

Reading about a career is one thing, experiencing the career is another thing altogether. Nothing will open your eyes more than rolling up your sleeves and participating in the day to day activities of the industry. We encourage all students to follow a professional for a week or so, or secure an internship over the summers if possible. The more you see what goes on the more you'll get a since for what kind of life you'll live.

Speaking With An Industry Expert

Another great resource is a good old conversation with an industry expert. You'll find people are happy to share their experiences and insights with you.  We recommend calling around and letting the business know that you’re interested in becoming involved in their industry.  Ask if you could schedule a good time to stop by their office or conduct the interview over the phone.  We recommend speaking with at least three different people to get a better idea of how those in the profession feel.

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