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Do Research before making a Career choice!

For most people, their "career" is whatever job they're currently in. It doesn't have to be that way.  Will a little pre-planning, research, and some hard work, you can determine what career you end up following. You may not instantly attain the ideal job, but each step you take, whether it's an internship, a part time job, or a full time job in another field, can help you develop the skills you need for the career you wish to pursue.

Remember the famous adage "If you're doing something you love, you never have to work another day in your life". By careful consideration, and a lot of research, you can choose a career that will not only provide an income, but also personal satisfaction, enjoyment, and pride in what you're accomplishing.

Before you can "develop" a career or start off on a new one, it helps to know more about what is involved in pursuing and attaining that particular career. Learning more about the career you're pursuing, or wanting to pursue, can help you decide how to better equip yourself for advancing in your chosen career. One of the best, and FREE, resources you can consult is the U.S. Dept of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook. This handbook is an online resource that provides the following information, and more, about many of the careers that are available to you.

  • the training and education needed
  • earnings
  • expected job prospects
  • what workers do on the job
  • working conditions

Staying informed on the market, business trends, and company news is also important when researching and considering a career. Use leading periodicals such as Forbes, BusinessWeek, and The Wall Street Journal Online to stay informed on what's going on in business and industries.

Knowing about the job market in a certain area can also help you to determine a career. If you know where you'd like to live, it's handy to know what industries are available in that area and if those companies are hiring or not. Each State has detailed information on industries and labor markets within their areas. State occupational projections are available at: