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Find some great tools and resources for exploring careers/career exploration -- whether a student searching for your first career or an established job-seeker considering a career change.
Quintessential Careers Exploration Resources:
- Career Assessment Tools & Tests -- offers reviews and links to the best career and self-assessment tools on the Web. A must stop for those searching for a direction and a measure of your personality, skills, abilities, and interests.
- Career Research Checklist -- as you begin researching career paths, using this checklist will help you take advantage of the many resources available for learning about different careers.
- Developing a Strategic Vision for Your Career Plan -- a great article that takes job-seekers through exercises and plans for both short-term and long-term career planning.
- Choosing a College Major: How to Chart Your Ideal Path -- a great article that takes you through the steps of a journey of self-discovery leading to a choice of major(s) and possible minors, from Quintessential Careers.
- Quintessential Careers: Search the Occupational Outlook Handbook -- use career and occupation keywords to search the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' handbook for all types of information, including future potential, salaries, education required, and much more.
- The 10-Step Plan to Career Change -- most job-seekers will change careers several times over your lifetimes. This article will help you prepare by taking you through a 10-step plan to successful career change.
- Using a Personal Mission Statement to Chart Your Career Course -- guides you in the development of your personal mission statement, a useful tool for self-discovery and career planning.
- Using a SWOT Analysis in Your Career Planning -- shows how a key strategic planning tool can be successfully applied to marketing yourself and advancing your career.
- What Can I do With a Major in...? Real Jobs for Real Majors -- where you'll find real jobs and careers for each college major. What are you doing with your life? Start here and find real jobs that match your college major!
Other Career Exploration Resources:
- Becomeopedia -- a career exploration site that offers information on "how to become a ___________" on hundreds of career fields in almost every imaginable career field, from the arts to the trades, including numerous professions, as well as careers in government. Details include job descriptions, education requirements, and salary information. No cost to job-seekers.
- Career Development Manual from the University of Waterloo -- This site offers plenty of self-assessment forms and career exploration exercises that you can print out and work on by hand. Fee-based for people outside the university.
- Career Explorer --
a career education and training site that provides a wealth of information and links
designed to help folks find a new and better career. Includes career descriptions,
advice, videos, and tutorials. Also includes job-hunting advice and links to online career assessment and online schools.
- Career Guide to Industries -- provides information on available careers by industry, including the nature of the industry, working conditions, employment, occupations in the industry, training and advancement, earnings and benefits, employment outlook, and lists of organizations that can provide additional information. From the U.S. Department of Labor. Free to job-seekers.
- CareerLaunch --
from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, a very useful career and college
site, with resources and links to help teens with self-assessment,
summer opportunities, college search, career development, and more. No cost.
- CareerOverview -- an excellent career information site, providing career information and job descriptions for aspiring professionals and students who are making live altering decisions about your future career path -- helping you to make better, more informative career choices. No cost to job-seekers.
- CareerThoughts.com -- providing students with tools you can use to help identify careers that match your skills, interests, and abilities. This is a site for people who have a strong passion or interest, but aren't sure exactly how to turn that passion into a career... into a career you will love. No cost.
- EUREKA -- a great tool for students -- and your families -- to learn more about yourself, as well as career exploration, career information, skills and career assessments, and a search system for locating colleges, universities, and trade schools that best match your needs. Take a spin on the site's True Colors assessment test. Membership required to use most of the resources.
- Inside Jobs -- a place designed to help simplify career exploration -- where people can explore what job and career opportunities exist and learn what paths can take them there. As the sites says, find "inspiration, information, and awesome shortcuts for your career exploration. No cost to job-seekers.
- MyCoolCareer.com -- a career
exploration site for teens and twenty-somethings, where you can find all sorts of
career tools and information, including self-assessment tools, streaming MP3 interviews
with people in various career fields, and much more. Also includes college resources.
No cost to job-seekers.
- MyPlan.com --
designed to help students and professionals plan more fulfilling lives by making well-informed
decisions about education and careers. Resources to help with deciding on what college to go to, choosing a major,
planning for your first career, and making a career change. No cost to job-seekers.
- Uvisor -- offers job-seekers a
five-step process for finding the right career and right job, from "Define Yourself"
(where you provide basic information about yourself) to "Get Hired" (an
automated job matching service based on your personal data). Job-seekers can also
search for job listings directly (using keyword, location, industry). No cost to job-seekers.
- Vocational Information Center -- a truly great
career exploration resource for job-seekers wanting to learn more about vocational and technical careers.
Check out the skills employers seek, find a trade school, research technical topics, and review the job market.
Free to job-seekers.
Job, Occupation, and Career Profiles:
- Majors and Career Profiles -- browse specific jobs within general career categories and learn about working conditions, job forecasts, and related professions. From collegeboard.com.
- Career Descriptions and Information -- basic information about job titles and education requriements within specific careers. From CareerExplorer.net.
- Careers & Industries -- where you'll find overviews, outlooks, and compensation reports on a wide variety of careers, as well as job descriptions and tips on numerous industries. From WetFeet.com.
- Career Peeks
-- a great career site for young women who are searching for an ideal career path,
helping bridge the connection between you and female business leaders and role models
from a wide variety of career fields. Monthly interactive sessions, along with a growing
video library. No cost.
- JobProfiles.org -- find advice from real people who have submitted profiles of their jobs and career. You'll find information about the rewards they get from their jobs, the stressful parts of their jobs, challenges for the future, and advice for entering the field.
- Occupational Profiles -- get the inside scoop on the compensation, career path, skills required, and other key information of "hot" occupations. From Vault.com.
- Pursue the Passion --
an interesting Website and blog that is designed to help people find your
career passion -- and includes interviews with people who are passionate about their
careers. Designed for people seeking to learn about life, passion, and careers. No cost.
- Sloan Career Cornerstone Center --
a comprehensive resource center for those interested in careers in science, technology, engineering, and
mathematics. Detailed career information, career profiles, and much more. No cost to job-seekers.
Job Shadowing Resources:
- Research Companies and Careers Through Job Shadowing -- Learn how to discover more information about jobs, employers, industries by shadowing professionals in this article.
- Quintessential Careers Directory of Life and Career Coaches -- when you need help with exploring career choices. No matter what your career situation, just about any job-seeker can use a guide in handling life and career issues occasionally. Use this directory.
Note: While career exploration is one part of job-hunting, please make sure you also visit Quintessential Careers: Guide to Job-Hunting on the Internet for a short tutorial on all aspects of Internet job-hunting -- and, especially for relatively young job-seekers, please be sure to use Job Search 101: The 10 Things You Need to Know and Do to Land Your First Job.
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