5 Research—It’s Right Before Your Very EyesYou can discover what the world of work has to offer by simply keeping your eyes and ears open.
6 Informal Career Research Talk to people you know about their career experience. Just ask a few basic questions.What was your favorite job?What was your least favorite job?continued
7 Informal Career Research What was your most unusual job?How do you like your current job?
8 Libraries—Check Them Out Many libraries have job information centers or career centers.
9 Libraries—Check Them Out Look for these useful resources at the library:Dictionary of Occupational TitlesOccupational Outlook HandbookGuide for Occupational Explorationcontinued
10 Libraries—Check Them Out Reader’s Guide to Periodical LiteratureOccupational Outlook Quarterly
11 Internet Job ServicesThe World Wide Web offers a wide range of Internet job services designed for job recruitment and career research.
12 Internet Job ServicesMost Web sites list job opportunities in different industries according to title, key duties, location, and other criteria.
13 Exploratory Interviews Ask your family, friends, neighbors, teachers, and counselors to help you build a list of people who work in careers that you find interesting.
14 Exploratory Interviews After doing some initial research into a career, call the person and arrange an exploratory interview.An exploratory interview is a short, informal talk with someone who works in a career that appeals to you.
15 Exploratory Interviews Ask questions such as these:How did you start your career?What education and training does this career require?What do you like about your job?What do you do on a typical day at your job?
16 Part-Time Work The most direct way to learn about a career is to work. If your schedule allows it, working part-time will enable you to observe a career from the inside.
17 Work Experience Programs You may be able to find a part-time job through a vocational educational program.Such programs give you a chance to learn job skills while you are still in high school.
18 Job ShadowingJob shadowing involves following a worker for a few days on the job.Job shadowing helps you learn the ropes by watching and listening.
19 Volunteering and Internships Volunteers don’t usually receive a salary, but they are paid in valuable experience.
20 Volunteering and Internships An internship is a more formal position that helps you learn job skills.Internships require a longer-term commitment than volunteering does.
21 Volunteering and Internships Service learning is offered by many communities and schools.In such programs, community service—for example, cleaning up a neighborhood —becomes part of your schoolwork.
22 Sources of Career Ideas Graphic Organizer3.1Sources of Career IdeasPEOPLEWORKREADINGFamilyFriendsTeachersCounselorsNeighborsJobsInternshipsVolunteeringCooperativeEducationJob ShadowingBooksMagazinesNewspapersInternetChapter 3 • Researching CareersSucceeding in the World of Work
23 ETHICS in Action Ethical Attitudes You and a classmate are volunteering at a local nursing home together as a service learning activity. However, your classmate often arrives late and leaves early, and she frequently works on her homework instead of spending time with the residents.continued
24 ETHICS in Action Ethical Attitudes THINK ABOUT IT Her excuse is that she doesn’t need to work hard because she is not getting paid.THINK ABOUT ITWhat is your response to your classmate’s attitude?continued
25 Key Concept Checkpoint SECTION 3.1 REVIEWKey Concept CheckpointComprehensionWhy are talking to people and using media resources called informal methods of researching jobs?continued
26 Key Concept Checkpoint SECTION 3.1 REVIEWKey Concept CheckpointComprehensionWhat kinds of career information can you find in libraries and on the Internet?continued
27 Key Concept Checkpoint SECTION 3.1 REVIEWKey Concept CheckpointComprehensionWhat are some benefits of doing unpaid part-time work?continued
28 Key Concept Checkpoint SECTION 3.1 REVIEWKey Concept CheckpointCritical ThinkingWhy is it important to consider several career options, even if you’re sure of your career choice?
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