Career Information Resources

Career Information Resources

Career Information ResourcesCareer Information Resources

What exactly is a Career Website?

A career website, often known as a job board, is a resource utilized by both companies and jobseekers. Employers may publish available opportunities on career portals to an active applicant pool. Instead of exploring many jobs sites, candidates may examine and apply to openings that interest them in one location.


Contact Information

Families and friends may be a great source of professional information. While they may not always have the necessary information, they may know other informed individuals and be able to connect the job seeker with them. These interactions may result in an "information interview," which often entails speaking with someone who may give information about a firm or a job. This individual should be able to tell how he or she prepared for the job, obtained advancements, and enjoys or hates the position. Not only may the individual advise what to do, but he or she can also advise what not to do.


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Career Centers and Libraries

Career Information ResourcesCareer Centers and Libraries

Libraries include a wealth of information about jobs and job training. Begin by browsing the catalog for "vocations" or "careers," and then seek for particular fields of employment that correspond to areas of interest. Those who like working with animals, for example, may learn about the jobs of veterinarians and veterinary assistants, zoologists, animal trainers, breeders, groomers, and other people who deal with animals. Many different types of labor are described and discussed in trade periodicals and magazines.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the United States Department of Labor publishes current versions of the Occupational Outlook Handbook, which details hundreds of jobs in depth and is reviewed every two years. The 2006–07 version may be found online at http://www.bls.gov/oco/. Individual counseling and testing, guest lecturers, field excursions, and career days are all common features of school career centers. The information in career counseling handouts should be up to date. It is prudent to seek information from many sources, since one source may romanticize the career, inflate pay, or overestimate the need for people in the sector.


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Counselors

Counselors are experts who have been trained to assist clients in assessing their personal strengths and weaknesses, assessing their objectives and values, and determining what they want out of a job. Counselors may be located in the following locations:

  • Guidance offices in high schools
  • Private vocational or technical schools' placement offices
  • Career services and placement offices in colleges
  • Organizations that provide vocational rehabilitation
  • Community groups provide counseling services.
  • Private counseling organizations
  • Offices of the State Employment Service
  • The World Wide Web


Much of the employment information accessible on the Internet is also available in libraries, career centers, and counseling offices. However, no one network or resource will hold all of the necessary data. As with a library search, one must go through many lists organized by field or discipline, or by employing keyword searches.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics' Web site, where job hunters may get the aforementioned most recent version of the Occupational Outlook Handbook, is an excellent location to start an Internet search for career information. This website includes detailed information and data on a variety of vocations ranging from aviation mechanics to zoologists. Topics addressed include the sort of education or training necessary, working conditions, pay, opportunities for professional progression, and a description of what people perform on the job.

The US Department of Education has run the Career Voyages Web site (http://www.careervoyages.gov/) since October 2003. Information concentrates on high-demand vocations in high-growth areas such as advanced manufacturing, automotive, construction, energy, financial services, health care, hospitality, information technology, retail, and transportation. Furthermore, the site emphasizes developing sectors such as biotechnology, geospatial technology, and nanotechnology. Career Voyages caters information to students (including an elementary school section), career changers, parents, and career counselors, and provides advice on how to start a job search, how to qualify for a specific career, which industries and occupations are growing, and how to pay for education and training.


Organizations

Professional groups, trade associations, labor unions, commercial enterprises, and educational institutions all provide free or low-cost career resources. Local libraries provide important resources such as the Guide to American Directories, The Directory of Directories, and the Encyclopedia of Associations. Trade groups are especially important sources of information if you currently have a job and are looking for another, or if you are afraid of being "downsized" by your current company.


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Information about Education and Training

Even professions that demand very basic, daily abilities require some kind of training. Many individuals learn these fundamental work skills while growing up and via obligatory schooling. Additional on-the-job training is often enough to ensure success in a first part-time work. Most career jobs, however, necessitate more education and training than basic life experience and new employee orientation programs can provide.

Some sectors may provide free career training via vocational courses in public schools, local branches of state employment agencies, or apprenticeship programs. Some careers need just a few months of training, while others may require several years of school and are quite expensive. Physicians, for example, may spend up to fifteen years and tens of thousands of dollars learning a specialization in medicine.

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