Build your career decisions on accurate information rather than hearsay! Listed below are strategies and tools for obtaining reliable career information.
Read about career possibilities from a number of highly informative websites.
- Roadtrip Nation - Explore different fields with 1) an archive of interviews from industry experts; 2) personalized career exploration tools; and 3) career stories ranging from scientists to professional athletes. Use your Purdue email to create an account, and refer to Purdue school code - PDUECCO.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: 341 occupational profiles covering 85% of the jobs in the U.S. economy
- O'Net: Information available for over 900 occupations
- Indiana Career Explorer: Information about each of 16 National career clusters, their pathways, and titles of their related occupations and majors
- America's Career INFONET: User-friendly occupation and industry information
- The Sloan Career Cornerstone Center: Read about many science and engineering fields
- Professional Associations: Connect with resources about prospective careers through professional associations
- Career Research Portal : An online comprehensive career resource that includes numerous Purdue-subscribed databases supporting students’ employer research efforts.
Talk to People in Jobs
Informational interviewing is an excellent way to learn about the day-to-day tasks, required skills, abilities and personality traits needed in a specific career.
Shadow People in Jobs
Job shadowing is a way for you to spend time with a professional who is currently working in a career that you want to learn more about. It gives you an opportunity to experience a day in the life of a professional and learn more about the career through asking informed questions.
Perform a variety of activities to acquire in-depth knowledge of what it is like to work in a particular field.