Career Exploration Resources
Published August 9, 2014 Submitted by: Meggan
Are you trying to figure out what you’re going to be when you “grow up?” Or perhaps you are looking for a new career? There are many resources available to help people explore career options and make career choices.
You should consider many important factors when making a career choice. These include the following:
- Do I have the skills and/or education are necessary?
- Am I willing or able to go back to school if needed?
- How much money can I be expected to earn?
- Am I suited for this career? Does my personality fit this field of work?
- Are there jobs available in this field?
The following resources can help you answer these questions.
The following sites are all sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Occupational Outlook Handbook: This is one of the most extensive career guides available. This site includes up-to-date information on average salaries, required skills and education, projected number of jobs, work environment, etc.
O*NET OnLine: O*NET OnLine allows you to search for careers that have many expected job openings. Searchers also have the ability to search for careers that match their interests, knowledge, abilities, or skills.
My Next Move: This site is related to O*NET OnLine. Career seekers can take the O*NET Interest Profiler test to find careers that are suited to them. They can also explore careers by industry or keyword.
CareerOneStop: CareerOneStop allows searchers to compare careers, look at career trends, and find salary information about different fields. Searchers can also take self-assessments, look for education and training programs, and search for jobs.
mySkills my Future: This site is related to CareerOneStop and helps people who are changing careers find jobs related to their skills.
Missouri Career Center
The Missouri Career Center has many resources for people who are looking for jobs. They can provide access to career assessments, job counseling, and education opportunities for those who are seeking employment. More information about the Springfield Career Center can be found here.
Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance: This is a reference resource available at The Library Center and The Library Station. It provides detailed information for hundreds of careers.
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