Choosing the right career is a very important step in your life! Take this exercise seriously!

Choosing the
right career is a very important step in your life! Take this exercise
seriously! Good research here may save you a lot of unhappy hours at a job you
don’t like or in a college class that you don’t need in order to attain your
career goals!

1. A) What
is the title of the occupation you plan to enter? And why? 

B) What soft
skills are necessary for success in the specific occupation (critical thinking,
communication, empathy, etc)? 

2. A) What
education and training will you need to begin this occupation? 

B)  How are you planning to pay for this
education and/or training (loans, grants, scholarships, cash)?  What steps do you need to take to secure
any/all of them?

 C)  Name
a specific scholarship or grant for which you qualify (i.e. agency or
organization offering the scholarship).

 D) What steps do you need to take to secure this
scholarship or grant?

3. What are
three related occupations?

 And how do they compare to your chosen field?

What are the
possible fields of specialization?

4. What
tasks are performed for your chosen career?

What
equipment or tools are used? What does a typical day look like for a person in
your chosen career? 

Using a
current job posting for your chosen occupation, describe the necessary skill
levels and responsibilities?

5. A) Where
is your job/career performed (hospital, government agency, school, etc.) is the
work usually performed?

B) What are
the working conditions?

Are job
tasks performed indoors or outdoors?

Describe the
daily and weekly time schedule as well as any health hazards, travel
requirements, or stressful responsibilities.)

In what
region are workers in this career employed (geographical location, office vs.
lab, etc.)?  Describe the work
environment of the occupation (travel, time, etc).

6. What are
the projected earnings?

What is the
beginning and average expected income according to geographic location?

What other,
non-monetary rewards and satisfactions will (or won’t) this career provide?

7. What are
some of the things you can/will need to do in order to increase your salary
(ex. write grants, obtain more experience or education, side-work, etc.)?

8. What is
the outlook for employment in this career?

What trends
are likely to affect employment growth or decline for this occupation during
the next ten years?

What is the
projected number of annual openings?

What future
changes are expected in your career field?

What are the
opportunities for professional growth in your chosen career field?

Use a
current job posting for your chosen career field to determine what the
possibilities for advancement are (not just raises but promotions and/or
leadership opportunities) and will additional education be needed?  

What is the
timeframe to complete any additional education?

9. What are
the diversity issues among those currently working within your chosen career
field?  What group, if any, typically
dominates this career field? What do the statistics show?

10. Create a
long-term SMART Goal for your career of choice.

What
additional important information have you discovered in your research about
your chosen occupation?

Now that
you’ve conducted your research on your chosen profession, what do you think you
may have to consider in terms of your personal goals?