Career Research Checklist, Developing a Career Plan, Reviewing Books

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Career Research Checklist

  • Developing a career plan along with career-related research and gathering information about the same.

  • Taking one or more career assessment tests and are considered to be the first step in researching careers.

  • Reviewing books regularly about specific careers.

  • Studying about various occupations and learn about:

    • The nature of the work

    • Working conditions

    • Training and educational requirements

    • Earning potential, future job outlook, and more

  • Interacting with ones network of contacts at regular intervals that includes family, friends, professors, teachers, neighbours, peers, colleagues, mentors.

  • Conduct online research regarding suitable career options.

  • Exploring current job openings. It needs to be noted that different companies have different variations of jobs within the same career field.

  • Joining a job club is a good idea.

  • Consider volunteering.

  • Conducting informational interviews.

  • Attending one or more career fairs.

  • Visiting a local employment job or employment agencies.

  • Visiting ones college’s career services office.

  • Using Web for finding industry organizations and other key career resources.

  • Finding one or more trade journals relating to one’s career choice.

  • Going online or to local library and start reading trade journals:

  • To learn more about your career path.

  • Learning specific employment opportunities.

  • Looking for professional or trade organizations for one’s career field.