Career Exploration

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
  • Visit a local job service office
  • Visit Career Services, 314 Maxwell. Whether a current student or an alum, we can help you in many, many ways.
  • Arrange to job shadow one or more people who have careers that interest you.
  • Join a job club.
  • Consider volunteering.  

    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. (and others similar) will help you with knowing what to expect for salary in a certain geographic area.


Helpful Links:
Career One Stop

Job Choices (NACE)
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Where the Jobs Are (Partnership for Public Service)
Non-profit Careers

(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.)