Exploring Career Options
What careers exist? What is a particular job like? What will the job require of me? How much will it pay? What kind of training is needed? How easy is it to find a job in this field? There are many ways to find answers to questions like these. To begin:
- Read to generate ideas and to get the basics about the responsibilities, training and outlook for a particular field. Use books available in CDC's Career Resource Area, local libraries, career centers of other colleges and universities, bookstores, as well as the internet.
- Observe the world around you. Wherever you go is someone else's work environment. Get ideas from what you see and experience.
- Volunteer in your area of interest. Visit Binghamton University's Center for Civic Engagement homepage or contact an organization near where you live.
- Interview people who work in occupations you are considering. Most people are happy to talk about what they do and how they got there. This is called "Informational Interviewing." Use CDC's Quick Reference Guide on Networking and Informational Interviewing or read Renovate Your Informational Interviewing Strategy for more tips.
- Join the Binghamton University Alumni Association Professional Network on LinkedIn to connect or re-connect with fellow graduates. alumni in occupations of interest in order to get career advice and insights. Drawing on the experience of Binghamton alumni can be a great way to learn about career fields, expand your professional network, and improve your job search strategy.
Career Exploration Links
Links for Career Ideas
Sites with Information on Multiple Careers
Accounting and Finance
Social Work/Human Services
The website of the Career Development Center at Binghamton University contains links to other websites as a convenience for its users and is not responsible for the contents of any linked site.