For many students, one of the hardest questions to answer is, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" While some people seem to know from early on exactly what career they want to pursue, others struggle for direction.
By exploring a variety of different careers and by taking advantage of some of the personality instruments currently available, students can tighten the focus of their educational goals and objectives. Through career exploration, they may find that elusive "perfect fit," or, perhaps, they'll rule out at least one possibility. Either way, hopefully, their efforts will prove worthwhile.
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This site helps people make better, more informed career decisions. Search for employer contact information nationwide, cost of living data, and state profiles with labor market conditions. Find links to career resources.
Created by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, this site tells about jobs for kids who like the following subjects: Music/Arts, Science, P.E./Outdoors, Social Studies, Reading, and Math.
This site provides career profiles and a quiz to help students identify potential career paths.
Meet Belva Lockwood. She was one of the first female lawyers in the U.S. An additional career aspiration for Belva was to become the president of the United States. She was the first women to appear on the official ballot as a candidate for president. She was a member of the Equal Rights Party.
Virtually talk with the folks at the Princeton Review and browse through a database of possible career choices.
See the people at your local college or university and check out their Career Fairs to gather information about job opportunities.
Talk with experts who know about career opportunities.
Forensic science is often in the spotlight because of the popularity of television programs that feature crime scene investigators. Meet some real forensic scientists and learn about this interesting career. Forensic means “used in courts of law”. So forensic science works to gather and analyze clues that can be used as evidence in court.
Spend some time with Paul Revere. We know that he made the famous midnight ride to warn that the British were coming. In addition, we may know that he was a silversmith. But Paul Revere was an accomplished man with many different careers. Did you know that he was also a dentist?
Explore the ancient career of alchemy. Alchemists were committed to transforming common metals such as lead into precious metals such as silver of gold.
Talk to famous spies to see if espionage is a career that you might like.
Network with individuals who can give good advice about colleges and universities.
Learn about some of the over 600 majors and careers profiled at CollegeBoard.com. Explore college majors and careers now.
Learn information about various careers by looking them up in The Occupational Outlook Handbook, a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals about their future work lives.
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- Maynard, Christopher. Jobs People Do. DK Publishing, 2001.
- Judes, Marie-Odile et al. Max, the Stubborn Little Wolf. Harpercollins Juvenile Books, 2001.
- Knowles, Sheena and Rod Clement. Edwina the Emu. HarperTrophy, 1997.
- Kottke, Jan. A Day With Firefighters. Children's Press, 2000.
- Maynard, Thane and Jane Goodall. Working With Wildlife: A Guide to Careers in the Animal World. Franklin Watts, Incorporated, 2000.
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- Park, Barbara and Denise Brunkus. Junie B. Jones Is a Beauty Shop Guy. Random House, 1998.
- Pasternak, Ceel and Linda Thornburg. Cool Careers for Girls With Animals (Cool Careers for Girls Series). Impact Pubns., 1999.
- Pasternak, Ceel, and Linda Thornburg. Cool Careers for Girls in Computers (Cool Careers for Girls Series). Impact Pubns., 1999.
- Young Person's Occupational Outlook Handbook. Jist Works, 2001.