The more you know about a career, the better positioned you will be to make a fulfilling and informed decision. Learning not only about individual careers but also the job market can help you answer some important questions:
- Which jobs are available in my interest field?
- What do these jobs entail?
- How many job openings are there?
- Which jobs are in demand?
- What is the job outlook?
- What is a typical salary?
- How is a career related to my values, interests, personality, and skills?
Gather Information About Careers
- Do some fact-finding. Research multiple careers and find answers to the questions above using Career One Stop, O*Net and the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
- Visit the department. Schedule an appointment with an EKU department chair, adviser, or faculty member to get your questions answered from their perspective.
- Talk to a professional. Consider conducting an informational interview with someone who does a career in which you’re interested.
- Do a job search. Use popular job boards like Indeed or LinkedIn to learn who’s hiring, what they’re looking for, and what the jobs entail. Remember, each industry may also have their own job boards, as well.
Explore Your Options
- Try it out! Once you have identified an option you are really interested in, follow a professional around for a few hours, a day, or even a few days!
- Find a co-op/internship. Once you declare a major, you can get vital and necessary experience through trying it out – all while possibly getting paid and getting academic credit!
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