Career Exploration:
Discover Your Choices

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Now that you have learned a lot more about who you are—your interests and values, your talents and skills, and your personal traits—you are ready to start exploring your career options.
But where do you start? Experts estimate that there are somewhere between 7,000 and 10,000 different occupations in today’s work world. That is a lot of starting points! Fortunately, you won’t have to go through all 10,000 options to find a suitable occupation.
There are two main steps you will want to follow as you do your career exploration:
1. Your first step should be to create a list of different occupational choices that might match what you like and what you are good at. At this stage you should try to cast your net as wide as possible; you can throw away the little or unappealing fish later.
2. Once you have hauled in your catch of possible occupations, your next step will be to sift through these and narrow down your options to the two or three most suitable candidates for your dream job.
This process won't be completely linear, and you might often find yourself going back and forth between the two steps. You might do a little research as you create your list of different occupations, and later, as you do more research, you may come across different occupations you want to add to your list from Step 1.
We've put together a list of Internet resources that will help you out in both steps of the career exploration process.

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