What you’ll find on this Career Exploration page . . .
- Tips for Doing Career Exploration
- What is ‘Occupational Research’?
- Why is doing Occupational Research worth your time?
- FAQS about Occupational Research
- Link to Research the Major Occupational Groups
Tips for Doing Step 2 Career Exploration
– On this Career Exploration Options page you can look through the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) on Occupational Research before you move on to doing the actual research.
– On the next page on Major Occupational Groups, you’ll begin researching the Major Occupational Fields to find the one that is your main interest.
– You’ll follow the instructions on how to do your Occupational Research using the database links given.
– And you’ll choose your Occupational Field and move to Step 3 – Choosing Your Dream Job.
Note: The process of Career Exploration is a research process. Steps 2 and 3 provide you with the tools you need to do your research.
Step 2 researches Occupations.
Step 3 researches Jobs in the Occupation you choose in Step 2.
What is Occupational Research?
Research is a systematic investigation into sources of information in order to learn new facts about a chosen topic.
When you do Occupational Research, you research the Fields of Knowledge – called Occupations, using ‘Occupational Databases’ Online. Then you’ll choose the main field you’re interested in — which can bring you satisfaction for many years to come.
The decision you make in Step 2 – Career Exploration, sets the stage for Step 3 – Choosing Your Dream Job.
In Step 3 you go on to choose a Job in the Field that interests you.
There, you’ll apply all the information which you gathered from the self-assessments in Step 1: your personal preferences and natural inclinations, what you bring to the workplace, your personality, intelligences, work environment preferences, and work values.
Weighing this information, against the types of jobs that are performed in your Chosen Field, should help you to find a natural Job Fit.
Why is doing this ‘research’ worth your time?
Occupational Research is like a compass, it can help you find your way in the world of work.
– before you get involved in an expensive and time-consuming training program.
- What ‘tools’ are available for doing this research?
- What kinds of questions will I be finding the answers to?
- What if I can’t find an occupational group that I really like?
- What if I’d like to work in more than one occupation or field?
- Why should I do all this research?
- What if my personal talents seem to fit an occupational category that I don’t really want to work in?
- Help! I find all this research on occupational groups too overwhelming, what can I do?
- All this information I’m coming across, is getting out of control, how do I remember it all?
- I have talent that gives people a lot of pleasure and I love doing it. But it doesn’t earn me much money. Why can’t I make a living with my talent?
Choosing a “Field of Interest” or a “Field” to work in (as an occupation) is as important as choosing the particular job you will do in that field. The work you do, is the golden thread that you will weave, all through the tapestry of your life. You need to get it right. When you choose a focus area or career direction, through your Career Exploration Research, you are choosing more than a list of activities you will be doing, you are also choosing a lifestyle.
Of course, if you find you have taken the wrong fork in the road, you can always take the other path. It’s just better to take your time and
get it right the first time, rather than finding that you have to change your career direction later, because you don’t really like where it’s taking you.
Occupational Research is the key to finding a satisfying field of interest that suits your personal needs. This site gives you the tools and shows you how to do it.
This Link Will Take You Through Steps 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the Program
Step 1 - Discovering Who You Are
- 1. Your Work Style Preferences
- Your Work Style Preferences Overview
- 4. Your Central Motivations
- Your Central Motivators - An Overview
- 5. Your Multiple Intelligences
- Multiple Intelligences - An Overview
- Multiple Intelligences Descriptions
- 60 Ways to Boost Your Intelligences
- How to Develop Your Intelligences
- The Quick Job Analysis Guide
- Career Chart
Step 2 - Exploring Your Career Options
- Get the FAQs About Career Exploration 9 Frequently Asked Questions on Job Searching
- Researching the Major Occupational Groups How to Do Job Research - Your Search Tool Links
Step 3 - Doing the Research For Your Dream Job
- Paper Research
- Help For Doing Paper Researching
- Online Research
- Help For Doing Research Online
- People Research Links
- Help For Doing People Researching
- How to Prepare for the Information Interview
- 20 Interview Questions for Informational Interviews
- Sample Phone Scripts for Information Interviews
- Writing the Interview Thank You Letter
- Participation Research Links
- Help For Doing Participation Researching
- Open Houses in the Workplace and at Schools
- Job Shadowing
- 21 Sample Job Shadows in the Workplace
- Temping & Volunteering as Participation Research
- 50 Basic Questions Checklist For Job Researching
Step 4 - Managing Your Career - Doing Career Planning
- Taking Care of Your Career - Building Your Toolkit
- Arriving in Your New Career - 8 Workable Career Management Options
- Preventing Burnout: The Burnout Checklist
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