Your immediate goal might be to get a job. But anytime you're looking for a job is also a good time to think about your career. Exploring careers involves discovering your own interests, researching career options, planning, and goal setting. It's not the same as job searching.
Begin exploring by asking yourself a few questions:
Job searching is a short-term pursuit of a position that matches your financial and career goals.
Career exploration is a long, progressive process of choosing education, training, and jobs that fit your interests, values and skills.
- What are your career goals? Where would you like to be in a year? In five or ten years?
- What jobs and other opportunities will help you achieve those career goals?
- How do your interests and skills fit with your career goals?
Visit the Career Exploration tool to find out more about exploring careers.
Or, follow the steps below to get started:
- Learn about assessments.
- Research occupations and industries.
- Update skills.
- Search for jobs.
- Advance or change your career.