Resources for career exploration

Once you’ve identified some potential careers or industries, you want to learn more about them. 

Learning more about different industries and job markets via the internet, job placement companies, or other resources can be daunting — the amount of available information seems endless.

Fortunately, you can group some of these to create your own strategy, schedule, and organization.

Use these resources to explore different industries and careers.

Instructions: Click each phrase to learn more about different resources for career exploration

Local resources

First, consider local resources such as:

  • Local chamber of commerce
  • Local colleges and universities
  • Employment agencies
  • Local newspapers (read the business section)
  • Local library

Online resources

A simple web search can produce a huge amount of information as you research different careers and industries. Unfortunately, sometimes you’ll receive too much information.
 
Instead, do a targeted search. For example, you can search for:

  • Fastest growing industries in the United States
  • Occupations that employ the largest number of people
  • Employment trends in your city or state
  • Wage and salary information

To avoid wasting time, you may want to consider setting a time limit for online research each day. Remember, at this point you shouldn’t be looking for specific positions. If one jumps out at you, great. But try to spend your time learning about industries and career fields.

Hands-on resources

Another way to get great information about an industry is to actually get involved. For example, do you know anyone who’s currently working in an industry that interests you? Reach out and see if you could possibly shadow them one day at work.
 
Other examples of learning about an industry through hands-on experience:

  • Volunteering
  • Internships
  • Training programs
  • Job shares
  • Participating in community outreach programs
  • Mentor relationships
  • Professional associations

Click the Next button to learn more about reaching out to learn more about industries and current trends.