How to do Career Research in STEM
Career research has many layers. Early in our career research, it is important to discover a wide range of careers that have appeal to us. There are approximately 35,000 job titles classified into the 500 unit groups used by Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. And these 35,000 job titles are still just a skeleton outline of the jobs that are preformed everyday in Canada. NOC is not meant as an exhaustive list and certainly is updated on a regular basis as jobs are being created every day.
But it is also important to dig a little deeper into specific careers that interest us. What are the postsecondary education requirements and what schools offer the program? What does the day-to-day life of a professional in that career look like? How quickly can you progress in that career from entry level to management?
Career Exploration Quizzes
Starting career research does not have to be daunting. These quizzes give you career suggestions based on different aspects of your personality. Just do not let them limit your possibilities – you can learn to be ANYTHING!
Career Research Worksheets
These printable worksheets are a great place to get started with deeper research into specific career paths. They are questions to ask yourself about what you want out of your career, questions to research online, and questions to ask the best resource of all: professionals working in the career field you’re exploring!
Career Research Resources
It is best to get information from a variety of resources when doing research. These are just some potential resources to help with your career research. Remember, it is always best to fact check with role models working in the career field you are exploring.