The purpose of this worksheet is to utilize career websites to gather information about occupations of interest and apply that understanding to clarifying your current status on your major.
There are many career databases available which allow you to gather information on occupations such as the nature of the work, skills used, average salary, and job outlook. O*NET is a primary source of occupational information and contains hundreds of occupation descriptions. CAREERwise is Minnesota's comprehensive career and job resource. Both allow you to explore occupations based on your interests and skills.
- Go to one of the following webpages to explore specific occupations.
O*NET or CAREERwise
If you already have some careers in mind that you would like to learn more about, you can do a simple keyword search in the "Occupation Quick Search" box in the upper right corner of the main page. When you get the search results, click on the career title that most closely matches your interests.
You can also find careers through several different search features: Find Occupations, Advanced Search, and Crosswalks. Each of these search tools allows you to browse through careers using information such as industry, skills, the Green Economy, and more. These search features can be found at the bottom of the main page.
O*NET also links to the site My Next Move , which gives you the option to take a brief interest assessment to help you narrow down your career options.
If you already have some careers in mind that you would like to learn more about, you can do a simple keyword search in the "Search for careers" box under the Explore Careers section on the main page. When you get the search results, click on the career title that most closely matches your interests.
If you have a general sense of your career interests but don't have specific job titles in mind, click on the Explore Careers tab, and then under "Learn About Careers" click on "Start Exploring Careers." This will take you to several options to browse through groupings of careers. You can also find interest and skills assessments that will help you see how your characteristics match with different career fields under "Assess Yourself".
- Select two occupations that are of interest to you and complete the form below for each occupation. If you have taken the Strong Interest Inventory, you can use your results to help you select occupations that you want to explore more in depth.
Additional Career Websites to Explore:
C4: Explore Career Websites