Suggestions to Explore Careers
Here are just a few strategies that you can use to look at potential careers.
Gather Occupational Information
When starting your research of careers, there are multiple websites that will allow you to research specific occupations. These websites provide relevant information about the nature of an occupation in terms of required education, skills & training, common tasks & duties, and work environment. You may also be able to find salary ranges, and employment outlook for these occupations as well.
Review "What Can I Do With a Major In ......?" Websites
What can I do With a Major In ......? websites may be helpful in showing students how specific majors may connect to careers. They may also suggest factors outside of education that may improve your marketability as you enter a career field.
Participate in a Job Shadow
A job shadow can provide you with a glimpse of what an individual actually does in their occupation. As you see what an individual does in their daily routine, you can ask questions similar to those in and informational interview. This type of experience may give you insight on whether an occupation would be a good fit you. Please use this Job shadowing document to get started.
Conduct an Informational Interview
Rather than seeking a job, this type of interview allows you to gather firsthand knowledge about an occupation that you are considering. As the interviewer, you can ask questions that may pertain to required education & training, what a typical day consists of, industry trends, networking opportunities, etc.
Join a Student Organization
Students organizations may have an established network with working professionals. This may give you the opportunity to start networking with professionals in an occupation that your are exploring.
Review Job Postings
Visit "Eagle Opportunities" at Career Services and view job postings in your area of interest. Job postings may allow you to see required skills, educational background, and potential salary ranges for occupational areas that you are considering.