Discover What’s Right for You through Career Exploration
It’s important to take the time to find the career that’s right for you – a career that will fulfill your passions and lead to rewarding experiences.
As you explore, consider the following:
• Examine your actions.
Are your daily actions helping to fulfill your dreams? Pay attention to what drives you, highlight the positives, and learn to direct your energy and maintain focus. Awareness can lead to informed decisions about your future.
• Explore the world of work.
Todd Thompson discusses careers in Diesel & Power Systems Technology during SRC’s Career Open House.
Do your homework! Research career options thoroughly. The Occupational Outlook Handbook, ONET, College Foundation of NC, and America’s Career Infonet, among other resources, can provide detailed job descriptions, salary ranges, and employment outlook for a wide variety of fields.
• Ask, investigate, learn!
Connect with employers by requesting informational interviews (by phone or in person) – you’ll get an inside look at trends and expectations in your field of interest. Find out what others in your area are doing as they explore careers, what they’ve found successful, and the obstacles they’ve encountered.
• Gain a full view.
Build on your knowledge of yourself and your career interests by job shadowing. Observing professionals at work can help you understand what jobs will be best for you and even give you a competitive edge over other job candidates. Sometimes a job-shadowing experience turns into an interview!
• Experiment and try!
Co-op experiences are valuable work opportunities that allow you to put the skills you’ve learned in the classroom to the test. You may enter the experience with certain ideas and expectations and leave with completely different ones! Co-ops help you find your “niche.”
• Expand your network.
Through informational interviews, job shadowing, and work experiences, you can begin to build a network of professional contacts in your area of interest. Professional organizations, conferences, career fairs, and social gatherings can also provide networking opportunities to help you expand your circle – and ultimately, land the career of your dreams!
Remember these tips as you continue discovering your passions and use them to define a meaningful direction for your education and career.
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