Brainstorm on your own:
- Before you began the career planning process, you probably had
a few, or perhaps many, occupations you were considering. Write
- Remember when your parents, relatives, teachers, and almost
everyone but the family pet used to ask you what you wanted to
be when you grew up. (Maybe they still do). What did you answer?
Write these down too.
- Look back at your list of values, interests, skills, talents,
and traits. Can you think of any occupations that might match
up well with these characteristics?
Brainstorm with others:
- Talk with your friends. Talk with your parents. Talk with your
teachers, neighbors, relatives, co-workers. Talk with the guy
who delivers your pizza. Talk with anyone who will listen to
you. Let them know you are trying to figure out “what to
do with the rest of your life.” Let them know what you
are interested in and what you are good at. Believe me,
they’ll have no shortage of suggestions!
- Remember, at this point you are just trying to build up a large
list of occupations. Don’t dismiss any suggestions out
of hand, but don’t make any commitment to them either.
Check the fine print:
- Check out your local school, university, library, employment
center, or career center. They will all have a wide variety of
resources that discuss the career options open to you, as well
as knowledgeable people that will be glad to help you find
information to help you in your exploration.
Surf the ’Net:
- The Internet has a lot of tools that can help you think of
possible career options. The link at the end of this paragraph
will take you to some of these resources. But just remember that
at this stage you are trying to build up a wide base of
occupational options. When you go to these Web sites, you might
want to simply look through the titles of occupations and write
down those which sound interesting. Don’t get too caught
up in learning a lot about these occupations at this point.
(Don’t worry, you'll have lots of opportunity to research
these later!) Now ... on to the resources.