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Take one or more career assessment tests. If you’re unsure of your career direction, these tests should be one of your first steps in researching careers. Review books about specific careers. You can find these books online and in your local library. Read about various occupations and learn about the nature of the work, working conditions, training and educational requirements, earning potential, future job outlook, and more in the Department of Labour’s Bureau of Labour Statistics. Talk with your network of contacts - family, friends, professors, teachers, neighbours, peers, colleagues, mentors - about potential careers.
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267 Conduct career research online. Learn more about careers, specific jobs, and jobs for specific college majors. Explore current job openings. Different companies have different variations of jobs within the same career field. Join ajob club. Go to one or more career fairs. Visit a local job service office. Visit your college’s career services office. Use the Web to find industry organisations and other key career resources. Simply go to your favourite search engine - ours is Google.com- and type in the name of the career and see what results you get. Find one or more trade journals related to your career choice. Locate one or more professional associations related to your career field. Task: Make a ‘To Do List’ based on the leaflet regarding your career. Feel free to add your own inputs. II. Read through this talk given by Mrs. Meenakshi, a renowned career counsellor: THE AGONY OF CHOICE & THE ECSTASY OF DECISION Good morning! Today let’s take a journey through the career path. This mind-mapping may help you choose the correct course which would help you choose the correct career. The first stop on your journey should be an examination or self- assessment of your interests. What types of things excite you? What types of jobs or careers appeal to you? The second stop on your journey is an examination of your abilities. What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? What kind of skills do you have? You can begin this self-examination by looking at the courses you took in high school. What were your pet subjects?
268 The third stop on your journey involves examining what you value in work. Examples of values include: helping society, working under pressure group affiliation, stability, security, status , pacing, working alone or with groups, having a positive impact on others, and many others. The fourth stop on your journey is career exploration with the help of a checklist. Never shy away from work. Feeling overworked? Who isn’t? Even my dog is panting from overwork ....... chasing its own tail! The fifth stop on your journey is the reality check. You need to honestly evaluate your options. Do you really value physicians and have an interest in being a doctor, but have little skills in science? Can you honestly become a doctor? Take the reality check.

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