career research: researching careers

Major career decisions should be made after a person has completed informal research.
There are pros and cons for doing temp work.
Describe at least three types of activities you could do to learn more about a particular career.
Job shadow, intern, or participate in a cooperative program or in a service learning program
A source for conducting formal research would include _____.
c. written reports
List four questions you could ask during an exploratory interview.
How did you start your career?
What does a typical workday look like?
What education and training did you need?
What do you enjoy most about your job?
How can unpaid volunteer work help you choose a career?
By volunteering you are able to observe a career from the inside, you gain experience and work skills, you develop helpful contacts, and you learn what employers want out of an employee.
The best and most direct ways to learn about a career is to _____.
c. gain work experience in the field
What are the pros and cons of using the Internet for researching career information?
The Internet is a great resource for finding career information, but there are also some down-sides to using the Internet. In general the Internet is a very quick and easy way to access information. There is a wide variety of sources available, but sometimes it can be frustrating to find what you are looking for. Often times you type in search terms and find Websites that are completely unrelated. Also, anyone can post information on the Internet so information needs to be verified for credibility.
List five work experience programs you can become involved in to further explore careers.
vocational education programs, cooperative programs, job shadowing, volunteer work, service learning, and internships
How can part-time or temporary work help you explore career choices?
Part-time or temporary work may give you an idea of what a particular job might be like, help you discover employee traits that are desired, and help you develop particular job skills.