Step 1: Uncover your passion
What type of work will be valuable and fulfilling for you? How will you invest YOUR time and talent?
Assess your strengths and values to investigate career paths that fit.
- BigFuture: Explore Careers (a CollegeBoard site) - Do you know what you like, just not how it translates into a career? This site will help. Explore career paths, college majors, and more.
- Nevada Career Information System - This free system combines a wealth of career, education and labor market information into one comprehensive, easy-to-use career exploration tool. Create a free portfolio to save and track your results.
- Sokanu - Sokanu explains it better than we can: "Discovering a career that satisfies your being comes down to your unique character, interests and abilities. With provoking questions, the Sokanu product learns who you are and shows you careers that are tailored specifically for you as you spend more time with the product." Create a free account and get lost in this site!
- My Next Move - Not sure what you want to do for a living? Search occupations by keyword, by industry, or by answering a series of questions about your values and interests that will match you to career paths.
Step 2: Connect education with career paths
What type of work will you prepared to do? Should you plan to pursue an advanced degree?
Discover career options for every major and graduate degree.
- What Can I Do With This Major? - This resource is simple to use, crammed with information, and free when you access it here. Connect college majors with a comprehensive list of careers and occupations, including lists of potential employers and tips and strategies for entry-level job-seekers.
- Big Future: College Majors (a CollegeBoard site) - Peruse articles, slideshows and videos that walk you through the process of exploring your options in college and choosing a major that fits.
- The Princeton Review - The Princeton Review is a foremost authority on all educational institutions and programs. Search grad programs by keywords, or take a step back and begin with a career search to find out which programs line up with what you want to do.
- Peterson's - Search graduate programs by level (Doctorate, Master's, Certificate), school or keyword. Peterson's offers insightful resources for the graduate school applicant, including tips on how to pay for school and how to put together a winning application.
Step 3: Understand the day-to-day and year-by-year of a job
Can you expect long hours at a desk, high-pressure meetings, or hands-on work?
Find out how well an occupation fits your skills, interests and values.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Think you know what you want to do with your life? Find out the facts! The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is the single best authority on jobs, job growth, and more. Search any occupation to learn about what they do, how to become one, the work environment, pay, and job growth predictions. We recommend using the "Search Handbook" bar in the upper right.
- O*NET Online - Search occupations by clusters - jobs with a bright outlook, green economy jobs, STEM-related jobs, and more. You can even filter jobs by skills, values, job activities, and other features. This resource cross-lists civilian and military jobs.
- Occupational Outlook Quarterly - Stay up-to-date on job trends, career advice, and real-world stories in this quarterly publication by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Download any current or past issue here as an easy-to-navigate PDF. Visit the Career Studio to browse the real thing.
Step 4: Dig into the quality of life question
What kind of life do you want your job to open up for you?
Research salary, benefits, location, and the job happiness factor.
- NACE Salary Calculator - Plug in information relating to your education, employment history, and other factors, and this simple calculator creates the most accurate compensation and employment guidance available, drawing from data gathered by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
- NACE Salary Review - Review the latest information about who's making what kind of money when they graduate from college. Learn which are the top-paying industries for new graduates, overall and by academic major.
- Glassdoor - Get a transparent, inside look at companies and jobs. Research employee reviews, salaries, and interview questions from more than 280,000 companies.
- Nerdwallet Cost of Living Calculator - Let's say you have a job offer at $40,000 in Reno. You want to move to L.A. This cool little calculator lets you compare cities side-by-side to find out how much more money you need in L.A. to afford the same quality of life that you would have in Reno. (Brace yourself - $40,000 in Reno is the same as $58,000+ in Los Angeles!)
- Career Bliss - This site, an online career community, is most useful if you have a particular company in mind as you research. A quick search reveals the "happiness factor" of people who work for that company - including reviews from real people.
JOB CHOICES Magazine is a fantastic source for job-search advice and to find about employers interested in new college graduates. Click on one of the links below to open JOB CHOICES magazine in your browser.
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