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Instructor: Natalie Boyd

Natalie is a teacher and holds an MA in English Education and is in progress on her PhD in psychology.

How do you figure out what career is right for you? And, once you know, how do you find out more about that career? In this lesson, we'll look at some types of online career research tools that allow people to find out more about different careers.

Career Assessment

Izzy is in college. She knows that she needs to be thinking about finding a job after she graduates, but she just doesn't know what she wants to do.

A career is a long-term occupation. Usually, a career stretches over years, or even decades, and involves several jobs. For example, a teacher may become a principal and then the superintendent of schools. All of those separate jobs make up the person's career.

Izzy isn't sure what career is right for her. She needs to do some research about different careers to help her figure out which is right for her. There are a lot of different websites that can help Izzy do that research.

She will likely want to start with a career or personality assessment website. There are many websites that offer surveys that assess Izzy's skills and personality and then offer suggestions for which careers might be right for her.

For example, Izzy is a very caring person, and she loves to be around children, so education might be a career that's good for her. Other possible careers include social work, ministry or psychology. An assessment website can give her these options and more based on her personality and skills.

Career Outlook

Of course, assessment isn't the only type of research that Izzy will want to do. She'll also want to know what each career's prospects are. For example, there might be a lot of jobs in education, but not very many in another field. Also, some careers have higher salaries than others.

There are many websites that provide info about salaries of different careers. By visiting those sites, Izzy can figure out if she could make more money as a psychologist, minister or teacher. Of course, money isn't everything, but it is another piece of the puzzle that Izzy will want to consider.

But what about if a career pays well, but there aren't very many jobs in that area? In that case, Izzy could end up having a difficult time finding a job. To find out if a career will have a lot of opportunities in the future, Izzy can look at the Labor Bureau's Occupational Outlook Handbook online. This is a document put together by the U.S. government that estimates which career fields will have the most jobs available in the future and which ones won't. Izzy can look up occupations and see what their outlook is like for ten or fifteen years in the future.

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