Savvy Seniors: Explore Options

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Doctor Teacher Lawyer Accountant Firefighter

Those are the easy ones. How many careers can you name?

As you prepare to enter the world of work, take a moment to explore what’s out there.  Look before you leap.

You will find some great resources to get started under “Explore Options” on the Senior Checklist for Career Success. Read about different jobs, including the skills and education needed, the typical career path, salary and more.  Take a moment to browse through the different Job Families on O*Net and the Occupational Outlook Handbook . Anything strike your fancy? Make a list of any careers that you would like to learn more about.

Want to explore some more unusual career choices? Check out these articles:

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To learn more about specific industries or companies, explore the Career Field Information page.  Also, check out One Day One Job. Everyday they profile opportunities at a different company, with a specific focus on opportunities for college students. They’ve profiled almost 1,500 companies!

Once you’ve got your list of interesting careers/organizations, you’re ready for the next step. Career Services often recommends informational interviewing as one of the best ways to learn more about a particular job, career path or company.  Talking to people who are doing the job that you are interested in can help you realistically assess whether that career would be a good fit for you.

You can start right now with these informational interview videos and personal accounts of different jobs:

However, if you are really interested in a particular job, take the extra step and talk to some real live people yourself.  Utilize the University of Vermont- Career Connection group on Linked In or the Career Connection database to find and reach out to UVM alumni in career fields of interest.

Ready, set, explore!


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