- O*NET Online- onetonline.org Detailed job tasks and descriptions. Provided by the U.S. Dept. of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook- bls.gov/ooh Detailed career profiles including work environment, education & training, pay, job outlook, etc. Provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Illinois Career Information System (CIS)- ilcis.intocareers.org/default.aspx. Career development tools. Provided by the IL Dept. of Employment Security.
- My Next Move - mynextmove.org Research careers by key words, industries, or take an interest inventory.
- Explore Health Careers- explorehealthcareers.org
- COD Career & College Info Collection- codlrc.org/ccic
Interest inventories that provide possible careers.
Explore careers that match your self-assessed skills.
- IL Career Info System (CIS) - ilcis.intocareers.org/skills/skills.aspx
- Virginia’s Educ. wizard- www.vawizard.org/wizard/careersAssess
Explore careers based on your top work values.
- IL Career Info System (CIS) - ilcis.intocareers.org/onet_work/ONetWorkItems.aspx
Explore careers based on your personality type.
- Ball State University - bsu.edu/about/administrativeoffices/careercenter/tools-resources/personality-types
- University of Saskatchewan- students.usask.ca/jobs/careers.php#TakeaCareerAssessment (Click on Myers Briggs Type Indicator. Click on your type.)
What Can I Do With This Major?
(Click on “What Can I Do With This Major?”)
Research Colleges That Have Your Major
- CollegeBoard- Associate & Bachelor’s degrees bigfuture.collegeboard.org/college-search
- CollegeSource- Associate thru Doctorate degrees cso.collegesource.com/CSO_Search.aspx (Click on ‘Criteria’)
Career Workshop Dates
Take a Class
COLLG 1105 - Career Development (2 credit hours)
Questions to Consider Before Choosing a Career
- Who are you choosing this career for? Are you creating a career for your parents, for society, for money or from your own excitement?
- Is this career in line with you interests? Personality? Values? Skills?
- Are you able to perform the tasks within this career? Are there any physical or developmental limitations you should not ignore?
- What kind of autonomy and control do you want in your career?
- Are you willing to go to/live where the jobs in your career are?
- Is the type of career you are choosing to follow growing or dwindling? What is the job outlook?
- Does this career fulfill your financial needs?
- What challenge excites you the most in your life right now, and why?
- What impact do you want to have on other people's lives or in the world?
- What do you envision for yourself and your career?
- How important is security to you?
- Are you willing to take a risk with your career and your comfort zone?
- What is your number-one confidence barrier? How can you work on that barrier?
- What advice would you give yourself today about where you are in your career based on where you want to go?
- Do you enjoy working alone or on a team?
- What jobs, hobbies, classes, co-curricular or service opportunities have you enjoyed?
- If money and skill were not factors, what would be your dream job?
- When you picture yourself on the job in the future, are you working with data, people, things or ideas?
- What percentage of your time do you prefer to spend on a computer, with others or outdoors? What are the working conditions of the occupations you are considering?
- Is a license or credentialing exam required for this career? If so, a specific major may be needed to satisfy these requirements.
- Is graduate school required to advance or enter this career? If so, are you motivated to pursue additional education, and what are the prerequisite requirements of these programs?
- Do your previous grades and transcript indicate that you can succeed in the courses required for the degree program?
- What opportunities exist to gain experience and confirm your goals? Confirm your occupational interests by participating in student organizations, volunteering or internships.
- What do professionals like and dislike most about their work? Speak with others in the field to better understand the joys and challenges of the profession.
- What does a typical day look like in the occupations you are considering? If you have not done so already, shadow professionals in the work environment.
- What do others think about your decision and how do these perceptions impact your choice?
Counseling, Advising and Transfer Services
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