Whether you are just starting to explore a career or you are contemplating a change, its important to choose a career that is a good fit. Career exploration is not the same as job searching. You are not just looking for a job but looking at a process of choosing education, training, and a career that is a good match for your interests, skills, and abilities.
Begin your career exploration journey by taking some self-assessments. No one knows you better than you. By first focusing on your unique talents and personal dreams, you can better establish a foundation upon which to build a career path structure.
We suggest you consider the following three websites to begin your journey.
CareerOneStop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. You might also see it linked to O*Net. CareerOneStop takes you to their Career Exploration page. From that page, you can take a series of self-assessments to help you identify careers related to your personal interests, skills, and unique abilities. You can explore career options. With this tool you can identify specifics on the duties for careers, typical educational requirements, and specific knowledge and skills required.
CareerOneStop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.
- Assess Yourself: Identify accomplishments for resumes; take assessments that identify your skills, strengths, or interests; match your findings to occupations; understand time management; and create career goals.
- Explore Career Options: View career videos, review trends on jobs and related wages, research employers, explore work options such as apprenticeships or telecommuting, and learn where to find career resource information.
- Gain Skills: Identify your education and training needs to meet your goals, learn about programs that provide certificates or classes to gain those skills, and how to obtain financial aid.
- Find a Job: Create a job search plan, identify job banks to find out about openings, obtain tips on how to interview, and review things to consider when evaluating a job offer.
- Manage Your Career: Periodically review your career path and future opportunities, obtain tips to better deal with change, learn how to network, and suggestions on how to build a professional approach to managing your career.
- O*Net OnLine is an online tool created for the U.S. Department of Labor. You can find information about occupations, take self-assessments, find out about pay potential, or choose jobs related to specific tools, skills, industries, or fields of work. Visit the O*Net OnLine website listed below and start with a series of self-assessments under their Advanced Search button.
O*Net Online Overview
O*Net OnLine is an online tool created for the U.S. Department of Labor.
You can look into the following areas:
- My Next Move: Discover new careers by searching for a dream career, browse careers by industry, or answer questions about the type of work you like to do by completing the O*Net Interest Profiler. From that profile, a list of jobs will appear that match your interest along with the amount of preparation required regarding education and experience.
- Find Occupations: Find out information about groups of jobs based on career clusters, outlook of economy, industry, job family, job zone (based on levels of education and experience), or STEM (jobs requiring education in science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines.
- Advanced Search: Focus on finding out more about occupations based on selected abilities, knowledge, skills, work activities, work content, values, or use of technology.
- Crosswalks: Find out more career information regarding jobs that require apprenticeships, are related to military jobs, or reference codes from the dictionary of occupational titles or other occupational coding systems.
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Go to O'NET OnLine at the Advanced Search Site. Select skills and identify your particular strengths. Get lists of jobs that utilize that particular skill. Browse and search for jobs based on your abilities, interests, knowledge, content, tools, or technology.
- TexasCares, through the Texas Workforce Commission, helps you explore the many opportunities in today's workplace. Through the website below, you can take self-assessments, identify jobs that have transferable skills to your own, look at career clusters, and other occupational information.
TexasCares, through the Texas Workforce Commission, helps you explore the many opportunities in today’s workplace.
You can consider:
- Self-Assessment: Sort cards on the Work Importance Locator regarding your work values and learn about jobs that relate to your highest work values. Answer questions on the interest profiler to obtain a list of jobs related to your interests.
- Skills Transferability: Identify your current or recent job to discover a list of jobs that are similar in ability, knowledge, or activities to your current position.
- Exploring Work: This is a step-by-step approach in career exploration starting with answering questions regarding your choice of career cluster, training, interest, gender, earnings, growth, knowledge, skills, and abilities.
- Career Clusters: Select a career cluster and then a specific position. Information about the training, knowledge/skills/abilities, tasks, work values, labor market, and Texas openings can be reviewed.
- Occupational Info: By entering key words, a specific career along with the details can be obtained.
- Hot Shots: Information about jobs that are fastest growing, with the most openings, highest paying, declining, hottest in Texas, or related to science and math can be identified.
According the Texas Cares website some of the hottest jobs will be in the STEM Occupations. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics. Occupations can range from $28,329 for a Veterinary Technician occupation to $67,185 for a Dental Hygienist, both requiring an associate degree.
What is a Career Cluster?
Career Clusters contain occupations in the same field of work that require similar skills. Students and educators can use Career Clusters to help focus education plans towards obtaining the necessary knowledge, competencies, and training for success in a particular career pathway.