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Top Career Exploration Resource Websites

When it comes to educational choices and career direction, young people today don’t know what they don’t know. It’s not their fault; many times, they just haven’t encountered the full range of possibilities available to them. As educators and workforce development professionals, we have the opportunity to open their eyes to the many diverse and rewarding pathways in today’s new economy.

Once young people do become aware of the possibilities in their fields of interest, we shouldn’t stop there. A career is so much more than its title. We should spur them to find out as much as they can about the positions that catch their eye, like:

  • What’s the salary?
  • What kind of hours will I work?
  • What kind of work-life blend will I have?
  • Is this a field where overtime is available (or mandatory)?
  • What are the day-to-day experiences like?
  • Will I be working closely with others or perform my tasks in a more solitary setting?
  • What kind of education/training do I need?
  • Where can I get that education?
  • Will I have to take out loans and if so, how much?
  • And many others

Whenever possible, students should be encouraged to discover these answers for themselves. To help with this, my team and I have put together a quick list of the top free career resource websites. This is not a comprehensive list, nor are we affiliated with these sites in any way. We’ve just found them to be helpful for our Career Tree® clients and wanted to share them with the broader community.

Confident career direction comes from knowledge and passion, working together to propel the young person forward to pursue their dreams. When we equip our students and trainees with not just information, but also the ability to uncover the answers themselves, we’ve changed their world. I hope you are able to share these tools and others like them with the young people in your sphere of influence — so they can know what they know and take action on that knowledge.

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Mark C. Perna Mark C. Perna is the founder of TFS in Cleveland, Ohio, a full-service strategic consulting firm whose mission is to share and support every client’s passion for making a difference.

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