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How to Research a Great New Career: Tip #2: Free Career Exploration Sites


Yesterday I discussed the extraordinary amount of useful career and employment data featured on sites sponsored by the US Department of Labor.  Today’s focus is on private and university-based sites that offer similar information on the web.  Here are five excellent resources:

  1. Myplan.com: An extensive site that offers a wide variety of information about career planning.  Read career profiles, job descriptions, educational requirements, and career outlook information. Find out what kind of salary to expect, watch short videos, and even learn about the types of people that typically go into each career.
  2. The Riley Guide:  The Riley Guide was one of the first major career research sites on the web. Don’t be put off by it’s low-tech appearance.  What it lacks in glitz, it makes up for in quality.  Continually updated with new resources.
  3. E-How.Com: This site has short videos about how to get started in a number of careers and entrepreneurial ventures.  Their current roster of offerings include How to Earn Passive Income Writing, What to Put into a Modeling Portfolio and How to Become a Stockbrocker.
  4. Vocational Information Center: A very useful site for people interested in technical and artistic vocations.
  5. Pursue the Passion: I recently stumbled on this site and fell in love with it!  It was created by a group of college students who had no idea what to do with their lives after graduation.  They decided to hit the road in a RV and interviewed people throughout the country who were passionate about their careers. Some of the interview videos and transcripts are available on the site, but the real bonus happens if you friend them on Facebook where you can download their new book at no charge.  Wonderful collection of information about some very cool and lifestyle friendly options.

Enjoy this post? Here are the rest of the tips in this series:

Tip #1: US Goverment Sites

Tip #2: Free Career Exploration Sites

Tip #3: YouTube.com (really!)

Tip #4: Business Magazines and Newspapers

Tip #5: Industry Associations

Tip #6: Monitor the Magazines

Tip #7: Career Books

Tip #8: College Catalogs and Continuing Education Programs

Tip #9: Go to an Event

Tip #10: Throw an Idea Party

Tip #11: Leverage Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook

Tip #12: Learn From the Job Boards

Tip #13: Test it Out!

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