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Transcript of Exploring Careers
To help you research careers and get started, the U.S. Department of Education has created 16 organized groups of related careers, called
Once you have found a career cluster (or a few clusters) that interests you, your research on the various careers begins.
Like all research, you need sources which can be: people, books, websites, or anything that supplies information on the topic you are researching
Make sure your sources are reliable sources!
A primary source is original
It is a person, event, or document that you gather information yourself
A secondary source contains information another person has gathered (website, magazine article, etc.)
Research can be informal or formal.
: discover by keeping eyes & ears open. Observe, ask questions, watch tv shows, etc.
This research will give you inspiration & ideas
: fully developed, fully presented and gives you enough information to act on your ideas
Examples: documents, written reports, presentations, etc.
It can often be overwhelming when you begin to think about finding a career. However, the more you research, the easier it is to learn if something is a fit. Sometimes you have to try something & cross it off your list in order to find the perfect career.
Researching Career Options
First, think about your skills & interests!
What do you enjoy doing? What kind of work do you enjoy? What areas do you feel you do really well?
Have you ever thought about what careers match your skills & interests?
Knowing what you are good at and like to do is an important first step in finding a career fit. So, now you need to know what careers are out there that could be a match for you!
*If you haven't already, you will take a career assessment that will help you narrow down the clusters.
Learning from Experience
The most direct way to learn about a career is to work. You learn first-hand about the day-to-day tasks, expectations and work environment. You are able to ask questions to those in the career and learn if it is what you expected it to be. You can gain this experience through:
Career Mentorship (awesome class! if you have interest, please let me know)
community service/volunteer experiences
What to Research
Once you know where to get the research, the next question is what to research. You will want to know the details of the career to assess if it is the right fit for your wants & needs.
As you gather your research, use the following 10 characteristics to examine the careers you are initially interested in:
: do your values match the values you would need to succeed in that career (ex: justice, wealth, society?)
Tasks & Responsibilities
: what will you actually be doing (use who, what, where, when & how questions)
Working with data/people/things
: careers involve working with data, people, and things - some all three. Ask yourself what you are looking for in your career.
: physical & social surroundings at work
: what are the expected work hours? Are they set for you or do you have control?
Aptitudes & Abilities
: do you natural talents match what is needed for the career?
: what education, training, and/or work experience do you need?
Salary & Benefits
: do you get paid an hourly wage or salary? Are health insurance, vacation/sick days, and other benefits provided?
What to Research Cont.
What does the outlook for the career look like in 10 years?
Will there be job growth?
Will there be projected decline in jobs needed?
It is important to look at which careers are expected to grow. You don't want to spend money on college/training or years working just to find out you don't have a job anymore.