Step 3: Career Exploration

Now that you have taken a good look at your skills, interests, and past experiences, it is time to find out more about the careers that match your personal profile. Carefully analyze the summary that you created in Step 1 to determine what types of work you would both enjoy doing and have an aptitude for. List at least three broad fields in which you wish to work, and find out more about careers in these fields.

Once you have determined broad areas of interest, take a look at specific occupations and what they involve.

What information should you try to find out? 

Where can you find this type of information? 

Gaining exposure to fields of interest

Once you have conducted your preliminary research to find out exactly what the different careers you are interested in involve, you should then narrow your focus by choosing the career or field that most interests you. Chances are that one career choice appeals to you more than any other. What you need to do next is get some practical experience working in that field. Hands-on experience is the best way to determine if you are in fact suited for such a career. The following are several methods that you may use to get hands-on experience: