Career Exploration

This section is most helpful when you've completed some kind of self-assessment process and are clear about your strengths, interests, and values, but have yet to identify the career that would be the best fit.

  • 2010-11 Occupational Outlook Handbook. (Overview of different professions.)
  • Careeronestop.org - Compare or rank the employment trends of occupations, against other occupations and across industries at the state and national level.
  • Choices Career Explorer - Learn about occupations, education, training options, and financial aid.
  • Focus - Online Interactive Career Exploration and Planning System.
  • Glassdoor.com - Gives an inside look at company salaries and reviews for more than 28,000 companies - all for free
  • O*Net Online - Learn more about specific careers and occupational families, including the daily tasks involved in the career, knowledge and skills needed, average salary, and projected growth of the field. You can also take a quick skills assessment to see how your perceived skills match various careers.
  • Wetfeet.com - A comprehensive online library of company and career-related information to help you make better career decisions.

Informational Interviewing - The best tool available to determine career fit - use after you've identified specific careers.

Email examples - emails written by alums for informational interviewing purposes.


After completing your exploration of careers, move on to Step three: Focused Plan.