Research You Can Do From Anywhere
Research career, job and employment options in a variety of industries and locations. The more research you do, the more likely a career path will become evident to you.
Start your career research with the Occupational Outlook Handbook. It describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and
education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.
Take one or more career assessment tests (Self-Assessments). If you're unsure of your career direction, these tests should be one of your first steps in researching careers.
Develop a career plan. Conducting career-related research and gathering information about careers is great, but you should consider developing a career plan.
Review books about specific careers. You can find these books online and in WSU Career Services.
Talk with your network of contacts -- family, friends, professors, teachers, neighbors, peers, colleagues, mentors -- about potential careers.
Conduct career research online. Learn more about careers, specific jobs, and jobs for specific college majors.
Get Out and Network
- Build your network and create a profile on LinkedIn and join the WSU Career Connections group.
- Visit Career Services, 314 Maxwell. Whether a current student or an alum, we can help you in many, many ways.
Arrange job shadow or informational interview with people who have careers that interest you.
Join a job club.
Once you're done exploring careers, the next step is to begin researching companies and geographic preferences. Use an online source such as Hoovers, your on-stop reference for business information. Our Salary and Cost of Living page will help you with knowing what to expect for salary in a certain geographic area.
Career One Stop
Job Choices (from NACE)
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Where the Jobs Are (Partnership for Public Service)
(Disclaimer: Please note that the links to other websites are provided as a source of information but are not maintained or endorsed by Winona State University Career Services.)