career exploration strategies
All students, whether they have
selected a major and defined a career goal or not, can benefit from career
research. Career research can help you learn about factors such as daily job
responsibilities, job growth for a specific career type, and average salary.
Career research can happen quickly through online sources or at a deeper level
through informational interviews, networking, or career events. Consider the
methods below to complete your research. Which methods do you want to try?AZCIS
A great way to explore careers is
by logging onto the Arizona Career
Information System (AzCIS)
User name: nau Password:
The Arizona Career Information System showcases many occupations and provides
valuable information on wages, duties, degree requirements and job outlook.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
excellent information on jobs and describes the tasks performed, education
required, wages and employment outlook and a listing of knowledge, skills and
abilities needed to do the work.
To identify career paths tailored to your interests, take a short and easy interest inventory at My Next Move. To access the assessment from that webpage, click the magenta box on the far right that says "I'm not sure."
Jobs for Jacks
The Occupational Outlook Handbook
a guide to help you find information on job responsibilities, work environment,
required education and skills, salary and outlook and related occupations that
match your interests.
Informational interviewingCareer events
NAU’s internal job search engine, Jobs for Jacks
lists thousands of opportunities
throughout the year. This resource gives you a snapshot of real jobs and
internships available to students and new college grads so you have a better
idea of what employers want and the skills you’ll need to attain those types of
Job fairs and career events are a
great way to find out more about jobs and what employers need in the future.
Attend as many events as you can. Search the Career Events Calendar
on the NAU Career Development website for the
An internship, which you will
learn more about in the next section, allows you to test drive a career before you
commit to it full-time. That way, you can explore careers and organizations
that interest you. Likewise, you are able to gain knowledge of the professional
work world and develop a professional network. Jobs for Jacks
lists hundreds of internships that you
can explore, and you can also speak to your department’s internship coordinator
to discuss opportunities.
All successful people give back
to their communities. Not only will you feel good by volunteering and starting
that pattern of success, but you can explore a career on your own terms.
Volunteering gives you a chance to try out a career and learn more about an
industry. Plus, it feels good!
Next: Next Steps
“But there’s more to luck than pure chance. High achievers often
share similar attitudes, such as perseverance, self-belief, optimism, ambition,
and frustration. How we perceive our circumstances and how we create and take
opportunities largely depends on what we expect of ourselves.” ~Sir Ken Robinson
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