CAREER EXPLORATION

Career exploration is not the same as job searching. Job searching is a short-term pursuit of a position that matches your financial and career goals. Career exploration is a long, progressive process of choosing education, training, and jobs that fit your interests and skills.

What’s your thing??




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It is important to find, as a teen, things that you enjoy doing.

For example, if you enjoy taking things apart and seeing how they work, you might you might have good spatial and mechanical aptitude and want to explore careers in engineering.

If you like to write, there are all sorts of careers that use writing skills - careers in the law, journalism, publishing, and communications are some of them.

Do you like to paint and draw? To use a camera? To rearrange the furniture in the living room? These artistic qualities could lead you to careers in fields such as graphic arts, photography, or interior design.

For EVERY THING that you enjoy doing, there is a way to make a career out it. Have an entrepreneur spirit start your own thing!







What are you interested in??

  • Are you good with your hands?
  • Are you musically talented?
  • Are you a strong leader?
  • Do you want to work with kids?
  • Can you care for the sick?
  • Do you want to travel?
  • Do you like designing?

Engineering

Engineers apply the principles of science and mathematics to develop economical solutions to technical problems. Their work is the link between perceived social needs and commercial applications.

  • Overall job opportunities in engineering are expected to be good, but will vary by specialty.
  • A bachelors degree is required for most entry-level jobs.
  • Starting salaries are significantly higher than those of college graduates in other fields. external image Computer%20Engineer_gif.jpg
  • Continuing education is critical for engineers wishing to enhance their value to employers as technology evolves.

Entertainer

Musicians often gain their reputation or professional standing by exhibiting a high level of proficiency in a kind of music or performance. Singers interpret music and text, using their knowledge of voice production, melody, and harmony. They sing character parts or perform in their own individual style.
  • Part-time schedules and intermittent unemployment are external image singer_700.jpgcommon; many musicians supplement their income with earnings from other sources.
  • Aspiring musicians begin studying an instrument or training their voices at an early age.
  • Competition for jobs is keen; those who can play several instruments and perform a wide range of musical styles should enjoy the best job prospects

Education Administer

Operation of an educational institution requires great administrators. They provide leadership as well as manage the activities in schools, preschools, daycare centers, and colleges and universities. external image krick_principal_grace_attention_class.gif

  • Many jobs require a masters or doctoral degree and experience in a related occupation, such as a teacher or admissions counselor.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills are essential because much of an administrators job involves working and collaborating with others.
  • Excellent opportunities are expected since a large proportion of education administrators is expected to retire over the next 10 years.

Physician

Physicians diagnose illnesses and prescribe treatment for people suffering from injury or disease. They examine patients, obtain medical histories, and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. They counsel patients on diet, hygiene, and preventive health care.
  • Many physicians and surgeons work long, irregular hours; over one-third of full-time physicians worked 60 or more hours a week in 2004.
  • Formal education and training requirements are among the most demanding of any occupation, but earnings are among the highest.
  • Job opportunities should be very good, particularly in rural and low-income areas.
  • New physicians are much less likely to enter solo practice and more likely to work as salaried employees of group medical practices, external image cartoon%20doctor.gifclinics, hospitals, or health networks.

Aircraft Pilots

Pilots are highly trained professionals who either fly airplanes or helicopters to carry out tasks. Most transport passengers and cargo, but others are commercial pilots involved in tasks such as testing aircraft, directing firefighting efforts, tracking criminals, and rescuing and evacuating injured persons.
  • Regional and low-fare airlines offer the best opportunities; pilots attempting to get jobs at the major airlines will face strong competition. external image cartoon_airplane_aobi.jpg
  • Pilots usually start with smaller commuter and regional airlines to acquire the experience needed to qualify for higher paying jobs with national or major airlines.
  • Many pilots have learned to fly in the military, but growing numbers have college degrees with flight training from civilian flying schools that are certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
  • Earnings of airline pilots are among the highest in the Nation.

Fashion Designer

Fashion designers help create the many clothing articles, shoes, and accessories purchased every year. Designers study fashion trends, sketch designs of clothing and accessories, select colors and fabrics, and oversee the final production of their designs.

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  • In 2004, two-thirds of salaried fashion designers were employed in either New York or California.
  • Employers seek designers with a 2- or 4-year degree who are knowledgeable about textiles, fabrics, ornamentation, and fashion trends.
  • Job competition is expected to be keen as many designers are attracted to the creativity and glamour associated with the occupation, while relatively few job openings arise.
  • More than 1 out of 4 are self-employed.


Ready, Get Set: Career Exploration!!!


It's possible to quickly choose a career. But to find a career that's right for you, it's helpful to slow down, give it some thought, and take the time to get it right. This is useful whether you are choosing a career for the first time or changing careers for the thirty-first time.


1. Assess Yourself

Assessing yourself is the first step of the career exploration process. To find a career that's right for you, it's important to know a lot about yourself. Know everything about yourself already? It can be surprising to discover what you may have overlooked or taken for granted. Assessing your past and present will help you make the right decisions about your future.

a) Identify accomplishments

We all have past accomplishments, from past work history to other experiences. Reflecting on these accomplishments gives us a sense of where we've been - and where we'd like to go.

b) Understand time management

In an era when everyone feels crunched for time, it's the people who plan who make the most of the time they have. Whether you have 10 minutes or 10 years, knowing how you want to spend your time - and your life - will help you make the best career decisions.

c) Create career goals

Career goals help you focus on the accomplishments that matter most to you. There is no limit to the number and types of career goals you can have. And it's likely that you will change career goals often


2. Explore Career Options

Once you have assessed yourself, it's time to explore career options. A wide variety of information about industries and occupations is available. Exploring several industries and occupations will help you to discover the options that most interest you. First, it's important to think about the difference between occupations, industries, and work options. An occupation is a specific type of position within an industry (like nursing assistant or carpenter). Industry refers to the field type of business of a company or employer-such as health care, manufacturing, or real estate. Some occupations (like administrative assistant or sales representative) are available within several industries. Many work options-such as self-employment, full- or part-time employment, or temporary employment-exist across industries and occupations.



3. Gain Skills

After you assess yourself and explore career options, you should have a better understanding of the careers you would like to pursue. But how do you prepare for them? Do you have the necessary skills and training? Many different education and training options exist to help you gain the skills you need.


4. Find a Job: Search for jobs

Many people only use one source, like the Internet or classified ads, to search for jobs. But job openings can be found in a variety of different ways.


5. Manage Your Career: Learn throughout your life

You have a job, so you can stop thinking about your career, right? Actually, getting a good job is just one part of developing your career. Even if you intend to (or actually do) stay at one job your entire work life, you will deal with transitions in your job responsibilities and job security, be expected to keep up-to-date with changes in your profession, and benefit from continued learning. It's also important to continually evaluate your career goals. You've completed the steps to assess yourself, explore career options, gain skills, and find a job. If, at any time, you decide to change jobs, you will likely go though some or all of these steps again. This is true whether you choose to stay on the same career path or explore a new one.

Being a lifelong learner does not necessarily mean you have to be enrolled in a school or formal training program. It means that you are open to learning new skills, technology and ways of doing business. People who are willing to learn new things about their profession or company are more likely to have job stability and continued career success.