Career Exploration Resources & Links
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Your best career is the one that suits your own needs. These needs might be financial; they may involve what tasks you do, or the people you will work with; they may involve prestige and status; they may involve the intellectual or emotional fulfillment a job provides or the challenges it presents.
Whatever you want from a career, it’s a good idea to view the effort you put into finding one in terms of an investment. The time you put in, at every part of the process, will bring you huge returns in life satisfaction, or in dissatisfaction avoided. You’re essentially planning a journey, a journey that nearly everyone takes. The planning will help you set off in the right direction, with the best possible maps, and the most thorough knowledge of what you’ll encounter along the way - whether it’s your first time or a new beginning. Read More...
Now more than ever, it could be argued that the only constant you can rely on, throughout your career, is you. Wherever you go, as the saying goes, there you are. So taking some time to understand yourself is an excellent investment in your own future. You’ll change as well; but building your career, from the start, on a foundation of real self-knowledge can help improve the odds that the changes that do come will be changes that can serve your needs, reflect your values and make the best use of your talents. Assessment tools for career development can point you towards fields of work that best suit you – quite possibly in areas you’ve never considered – and can make clear if you require further education, or experience. And if your potential career paths do involve expensive education, having a clear idea of where you want to go, and why, is especially important. Read More...
There are few decisions in a person's life as important as the choice of a career. Of course you’ll have opportunities to change your career trajectory, or straight-up change your career, throughout your working life. But they come with a cost: the expense of further education, possibly when you already have financial responsibilities; the lost seniority and advancement; the months or years of dissatisfaction leading up to the decision to strike out on a new path. It makes sense to invest as much time and effort as possible in making the best decision you can, this time round – whether it’s your first time, a career change or a new beginning. Read More...
Career Exploration Definition
Exploring your career options helps you to answer questions like – Who am I? What do I want to do in my working life? Where do I start? What do I need to do to get where I want to be?
Career exploration activities include -
- Learning more about your individual interests, abilities, personality, and other traits through tests, assessments and worksheets.
- Understanding your personal values and criteria - and how they help with career planning.
- Identifying the work fields, jobs, college majors, and graduate school programs that you to want to know more about.
- Understanding how societal and technological trends could influence opportunities or requirements for a particular career in the future.
- Determining the type and amount of education you need, and how it will help you in your career.
- Becoming skilled at locating, evaluating, and using the career resources available to you.
- Connecting and networking with real people who currently work in your field of interest, and want to tell you more about what it's like to do what they do, and help you prepare to start.
- Trying out possible careers through volunteering, internships, apprenticeships, job shadowing, Summer Programs, attending career events, entry level jobs, and taking courses.
- Building your self-confidence by making a short-term and long-term plan, figuring out where to start, and taking action!