Follow these five steps to prepare for a career.
Step 1: Self-assessment. Who am I? Try these sites to discover more about yourself.
The Career Key A free interactive self-assessment quiz that matches your strongest personality characteristics with appropriate jobs.
Transferable Skills Survey Rate your skills on this site from the University of Minnesota Duluth.
My Future Here you'll find an interest inventory, tips for successful interviews, and resume building information.
Step 2: Research and Goal Setting. Where am I going? These sites can help you discover the wide range of work available and learn about the specifics of a particular job.
Occupational Outlook Handbook The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes this guide annually. It has information on a large number of careers covering the nature of the work, working conditions, training needed, the job outlook, and earnings. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Employment Projections How many jobs will there be in the next few years in your chosen career?
O*NET OnLine Find occupations by keyword, a list of your skills, or view the complete list! A U.S. Department of Labor site.
Career One Stop Research occupations, hot jobs by state, and videos about many careers. This site is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education.
Jobsmart Links to web pages written about specific careers.
Military Career Guide Find out about 4100 military jobs. 80% of military personnel serve in non-combat occupations.
Step 3: Develop an Action Plan. How will you get a job in your chosen career? Learn about the education or training needed at these sites. Also find out about resume writing, networking, and interviewing.
Mapping Your Future A site sponsored by a group of loan guaranty agencies--contains Planning a Career, a guided tour to help you choose a career.
College Navigator An excellent site that allows you to find college majors that relate to your areas of interest.
Step 4: Get Practical Experience. This could take the form of a cooperative education experience, an internship, a summer job, or volunteer work.
Step 5: Search for a Job.
Monster.com A widely-used site for posting job openings and searching for available jobs.
America's JobBank Search for a job that's right for you!