Summer Means Career Planning!

71280dfd-085f-4c62-be8a-d16d221e84faSummer is here!  The American Southwest is already under scorching temperatures and elsewhere families are headed to the beach.

Summer is a time to catch up on your reading, get away from work…and also a time of reflection.  It is the second-busiest time of the year for career counselors.  Why?  All of those school-aged kids/graduates who are planning next steps in their lives.

Many young adults have no idea where to research career options and so this is a good opportunity to discuss some good resources that are available to you.

There are over 1,000 different jobs out there today, so selecting the right career can be nothing short of difficult. Maybe you have already selected a career path, but how do you get there? It is essential to gather career planning information and develop an effective career plan that outlines steps you will take to reach your career goal. Following are great sources for career planning information:

O*NET OnLine is an application for the general public to use and search over 900 available occupations. The O*NET database includes various information on skills, knowledge, work activities, and interests associated with each occupation. The database is continually updated with occupational information so you don’t have to worry with outdated information. Jobseekers can use O*NET to find which job best suits them, research what it takes to get a dream job, maximizing job satisfaction and so much more.

College campuses are a great place for career planning, especially if you are still there. Take advantage of the career services department located on most college campuses. Colleges also offer online information regarding what you can do with a major in a particular field. The information is very informative including a description of the major, possible job titles, possible employers and top resources. Check out your college’s career center website for career planning information.

Occupational Outlook (BLS)
The Occupational Outlook handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is a guide to career information about hundreds of occupations. The BLS of the U.S. Department of Labor is responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. The handbook provides varieties of occupations accompanied by a job summary, entry-level education required and median pay for the profession.

Career planning can have multiple benefits and allow you a more successful life. Don’t procrastinate too long and get started today finding career planning information via the sources provided. Once you get started regularly planning your career, you’ll find that you are better prepared for what lies ahead in your career and life!