Occupational information and resources
Individualized career counseling -
Resources located in the office of Career Services
Meeting with one of
our career counselors is the best way to begin researching careers. Many
books and online resources have a vast amount of information and it is
very easy to become overwhelmed. The career counselors can assist you
with creating a research plan that will make your career exploration
more manageable. In addition, the counselors may know of specific books
and websites pertaining to your career interests or professionals that
you can contact. Click here
to learn how to set up a meeting.
The Office of Career Services career library -
valuable information for all steps of your careerosearch. Use this
resource to find information on general career areas, specific career
fields, and occupational information. Students can also find information
typical and atypical jobs for their major, industry profiles, salary
information, and career outlooks.
On-line occupational information resources
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Detailed descriptions of occupational fields including job duties,
educational requirements, salary information and related occupations.
Occupational Information Network (O*Net)
- Descriptions of career fields including educational and skill requirements, salary information, and related occupations.
- This website has a wealth of information on industries and careers.
Included on this website are occupational profiles, industry profiles,
industry career guides, and career podcasts. There is also an "A Day in
the Life" section in which students can read profiles and often hourly
accounts of a day in a particular career field as chronicled by a young
- Research specific companies and industries, as well as search for jobs.
- How to Become Anything
- Links to diversity related job search and career information resources.
- Career Information and Job Families
Accounting Careers Info
So You Want To Be a Consultant
Banking Careers Info
Medical Careers Info
So You Want to Be a Lawyer
Paralegal Careers Info
Becoming a Social Worker
Informational Interviews -
Never underestimate the importance of the people you know and meet.
They can open doors and provide information that you would never find if
solely using books or internet searches. The goal of an informational
interview is for you to learn as much about a person's career as you can
by asking a variety of questions. An informational interview can take
place in person or over the phone. Here are some tips on conducting the
interview and establishing a networking contact.
Sample questions to ask an informational interviewer
Make a list of all the people you know that may be able to offer
assistance. Include family, friends, friends of family, and family of
your friends. Also, don't forget professors, co-workers, former bosses
and supervisors, and alumni. A list of alumni in your chosen profession
or field can be requested from the Alumni Office by visiting the Office
of Career Services.
What types of skills are needed to perform this kind of work?
What do you like/dislike about your work?
What are the advancement opportunities in this field?
What are the usual salary ranges for entry into this type of work?
What is the best way to approach prospective employers in this type of work?
Could you describe a typical work day for me?
How would I acquire the skills needed to perform this type of work?
What suggestions do you have for me as I pursue a job in this field?
Are there other individuals or organizations that you recommend I contact?
Remember, many times the most helpful information comes in the form of referrals
to other individuals or organizations. If you make contact a contact
through a referral, let the person who gave you the referral know how
your meeting went.
- General information pertaining to salary.
simply type in the occupational title in the quick search, select the
job title that matches your interest, and open the wage and employment
link under view report.
- Type in the occupational title and click on the earnings link to find median salary information.
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