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Career Research

The following are steps to guide you in the career research process.

Step 1: FOCUS

The first step is to understand who you are, what skills you possess, how your personality fits with potential careers, and what you value in a potential career. This is the process of self-assessment – take the online FOCUS Career Assessment system and meet with a Career Coach to discuss the results.

Step 2: Explore Careers

There are a number of ways to begin exploring careers – each is a useful tool to help you figure out a potential career path. The idea here again is to develop a mental database of what types of career paths are available to you, and to discern whether those careers are right for you.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a great resource for learning about careers. This website allows you to enter a career type and will provide basic information about that career including:

  • Nature of the Work – a general overview of what this career type is all about
  • Working Conditions – where does the work take place, and what does it feel like (is it an office based job or do you work outdoors? Is the work fast-paced, or more deliberate?
  • Education and Training Required
  • The Outlook for the Career - is it a growing career or a declining career?
  • Earnings Potential
  • Sources of additional information

O*Net Career Information Portal

O*Net Online is an information portal for thousands of occupations. The database is searchable by keywords or you can browse through listings of careers by industry cluster. The system allows you to compare careers side by side, and provides detailed information on the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for success in that career. It even identifies careers by Holland Code Type, which is one the outcomes of taking the FOCUS Career Assessment.