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Exploring My Options: Research occupations

Research occupations

You can't figure out what might be a good fit for you if you don't know what's out there!

The Learning About Myself section of your career plan should have given you some ideas regarding directions for research...so take some inspired action and start looking for specific occupations or fields that could provide you with a great career based on the information you gathered about yourself.


Resources to assist you with conducting occupational research

Exploring Fields of Interest: Doing research into fields or sectors is an essential component of making career decisions and exploring potential career opportunities. This section of the Career Centre website can help you explore fields you are thinking about working in, including Arts & Culture, Business, Communications, Entrepreneurship, Government, Medicine & Health, Sports & Recreation, Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM).

What Can I Do with My Degree?: While your academic program doesn't determine your future career, this resource may give you some ideas of occupations to explore that are linked to your program of study. This resource was created especially for York students by the Career Centre.

Scott Library's Career Research Resources guide provides a variety of great resources (both online and print) to help you find more information about occupations you're interested in exploring.

Career Cruising: This interactive Canadian career resource has in-depth occupational profiles of hundreds of occupations, multimedia information interviews, and college, university and apprenticeship information. You can access this tool through the Career Centre website using Passport York.

The National Occupation Classification (NOC): This Canadian resource provides detailed information about 520 Canadian occupations.

Eluta.ca: This Canadian website contains profiles of Canada's Top Employers as well as job postings.

ONET: Although American, this site contains valuable occupational information sorted by such useful categories as industry, outlook, green jobs, etc.

Occupational Research: The University of Saskatchewan developed this list of items to consider when researching specific occupations.

Occupational Research: This 12-page pdf from the Waterloo Centre for Career Action provides instructions on how to conduct occupational research, along with several handouts and a great section on how to conduct information interviews.

Company websites can also be a great source of information so if there's a particular company you're interested in, spend some time reviewing their website to get an idea of what they do and how they do it. The “careers” or human resources sections of many company websites also provide job descriptions along with job postings so you can get a sense of some of the specific tasks and responsibilities (and often salaries) associated with a particular position.

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