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 FOCUS 2 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.
- What are the major tasks and activities?
- What skills and abilities are necessary in order to be successful?
- What educational preparation is required?
- What kinds of organizations hire people in this occupation?
- What kind of work would an entry-level bachelor's degree person be likely to do?
- What are the opportunities for advancement? What positions might I hold as I advance?
- Are the opportunities generally limited to specific geographic locations? If so, where?
- What is the salary range at the entry-level?
- 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?
- What personal qualities are important?
- What work values are important? (autonomy, helping others, etc.)
- 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?"
- What are some related occupations?
- What deficiencies do I have that might make it difficult for me to succeed?
- Is there anything I can do to remove these deficiencies?
- What skills, abilities, personal qualities, educational background, and/or experience do I have to work in this field?
- What can I do (in the time I have) to become a good candidate for employment in this occupation?