Researching Your Career

Researching Your Career

This information is designed to assist you as you research your career possibilities. To find the answer to these questions, you may wish to use the MyPlan program, browse through the career literature, refer to career-related sites on the internet, and speak with people currently working in that occupation. For assistance, schedule an appointment with a career counselor.


OCCUPATION: _______________________________

  1. What are the major tasks and activities?
  2. What skills and abilities are necessary in order to be successful?
  3. What educational preparation is required?
  4. What kinds of organizations hire people in this occupation?
  5. What kind of work would an entry-level bachelor's degree person be likely to do?
  6. What are the opportunities for advancement? What positions might I hold as I advance?
  7. Are the opportunities generally limited to specific geographic locations? If so, where?
  8. What is the salary range at the entry-level?
  9. What are the working conditions? Will I work alone, with others, as a team? Is the environment noisy or quiet? How much travel, if any, is required? Are there certain peak periods of activity? What is a typical work day like?
  10. What personal qualities are important?
  11. What work values are important? (autonomy, helping others, etc.)
  12. How many hours are in a normal work week? Does this include evening and weekend hours: if so, how many? Are there exceptions to the "norm?"
  13. What are some related occupations?
  14. What deficiencies do I have that might make it difficult for me to succeed?
  15. Is there anything I can do to remove these deficiencies?
  16. What skills, abilities, personal qualities, educational background, and/or experience do I have to work in this field?
  17. What can I do (in the time I have) to become a good candidate for employment in this occupation?

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