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RCK Career Resources Online: Exploring Careers

This guide covers most aspects of career resources : exploring careers, resume writing, interviewing, etc...


Being unsure of what career path you should choose can be a daunting task. Some people seem to have always known what to do, others have no idea. These resources give broad overviews of just about every career  option out there. For more in-depth options into general career fields, you can then find additional resources online or at your library.

Recommended Books @ UW Rock Library

Survey of American industry and careers

Call Number: HF5382.5.U5 S87 2012

50 best jobs for your personality

Call Number: HF5381.15 .F3618 2012

The 10 laws of career reinvention : essential survival skills for any economy

Call Number: HF5384 .M58 2010

factors to consider

There is no one single aspect of a career that you should use to determine which route to go. The best career choice for you will be a combination of factors that are specific to you individually. Also, some major's allow for a flexibility of career options, whereas others are more narrow. Although we often pick our majors by what job we would like, you should never feel that you can not search for jobs that may be outside of your academic route. In an increasingly collaborative world, peoples with a myriad skill set are often needed. Some questions to ask could include:

  • Is a career more important to me than family and/or free time? Some careers average 38 hours per week for 10 months a year, whereas other careers may average over 50 hours a week with 2 weeks vacation per year.
  • How much stress could I handle in a job? Is a low stress job important to me?
  • In what work environment would I like to spend the majority my day?
  • How would this career mesh with my worldview?
  • What values are most important to you?
  • What is the personality of the typical worker in this field? (Don't base this off of stereotypes; find real answers)

Exploring Careers