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There are some great resources available on the web for exploring roles and opportunities. First, the Occupational Outlook Handbook is a great resource if you already have an idea out of job titles or specific areas of interest. Published online by the U.S. Government, the handbook will tell you what you'll need for training and education and how much you can expect to earn in the U.S. market. It also indicates future job prospects in the field and describes what skills you'd use daily.
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What do you enjoy doing, and how are you uniquely qualified to build a rewarding career out of your interests, skills, and experience? In this course, author Valerie Sutton guides you through the process of proactively managing your career by identifying your options, needs, and interests.

Discover how to assess your experience, work-reward values, and qualifications, all with the goal of creating a robust career profile that charts your future growth. The course also shows how to fully investigate career options and perform a gap analysis in order to find key opportunities.

Topics include:
  • Identifying your skills, knowledge, and qualifications
  • Considering lifestyle choices
  • Completing a career profile
  • Researching possible roles
  • Exploring different industries
  • Researching salary ranges
  • Performing a gap analysis
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Business
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Valerie Sutton

Researching roles

There are some great resources available on the web for exploring roles and opportunities. First, the Occupational Outlook Handbook is a great resource if you already have an idea out of job titles or specific areas of interest. Published online by the U.S. Government, the handbook will tell you what you'll need for training and education and how much you can expect to earn in the U.S. market. It also indicates future job prospects in the field and describes what skills you'd use daily.

You can search for specific occupations or you can just explore by following the occupation group links on the page. If you're not sure what roles you might be interested in exploring, but know the skills you'd like to use, LinkedIn can be a great resource. By using the Advanced People Search you can enter preferred skills into the Keywords search and then explore the companies, industries, and individual profiles of people using those same skills. If you have a specific interest, WetFeet.com offers guides for sale to a variety of roles.

These guides will give you trends in the field, typical career paths, and lifestyle information. Vault.com also offers similar information through a subscription-based service. Again, as discussed in the Career Assessment section CareerLeader and Holland's Self-Directed Search will point you to potential functional roles that you may want to consider. As a reminder there is a fee associated with both assessments. CareerLeader is focused on business roles while Holland is a broader assessment.

Once you've identify roles that interest you, fill in the section on your Career Options page. Next, we'll explore industries, in which you can perform these roles.

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