Career Exploration Resources

Use Career resources such as informational interviewing and the Occupational Outlook Handbook to gather the necessary information for pursuing the right career. Follow the links below for further details.

O*NET Online Resource

On O*NET Online Resource, enter a job title that interests you or search by occupation category to get concise information about that job or field. O*NET provides information on tasks, tools and technology, knowledge, skills, abilities, work activities, work context, education, interests, work styles, work values, related occupations, and wages and employment.

This tool is best for:

  • Lightweight, visually attractive career option browsing
  • Accessing and understanding local salary information
  • Finding local schools offering the education or training required by an occupation
  • Obtaining lists of required skills and abilities, and technology use
  • Learning about green occupations and industries
  • Finding apprenticeship programs

Occupational Outlook Handbook Online

Enter a job title or search by occupation category in the Occupational Outlook Handbook to access detailed information on a wide range of occupations. OOH provides a summary of the occupation, what they do, the work environment, how to become one, pay, job outlook, similar occupations, and various contacts and web resources for that type of work. (This resource is similar to O*NET.)

This tool is best for:

  • Practical, detailed information about an occupation
  • Understanding the variety of work someone might do in that occupation
  • Learning about working environment—financial (private vs. public sector employers), physical (office vs. field work) and mental aspects (stress, number of hours worked)
  • Exploring related occupations, especially ones with lesser education/training requirements in the same field
  • Understanding education and training requirements; learn more than just what degree or certificate is required

Informational Interviewing

Download the Informational Interviewing Booklet (PDF) to learn how to interview someone about their job in order to get information that will help you make career choices.

Career and Life Planning Class

Learn about the Career and Life Planning Class, a 3-unit course designed for undergraduates that covers topics such as résumé writing, interviewing, self-assessments, discerning your calling, and searching for jobs.

Career Services Events

Career Services offers a variety of events that allow you to speak with employers and recruiters about their field and industry. This is a great way to start networking and learning more about potential careers. For more information, please visit our Career Services events page.

National Association of Colleges and Employers

Research national trends and needs in the marketplace. View information gathered by the National Association of Colleges and Employers projecting job trends nationwide.