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Career Exploration

Resources online and in the library for career exploration, planning, goal setting, accomplishment

Career Exploration

"What do I want to be when I grow up?" is a question everyone asks, but it's too broad and too vague for most of us to really answer in a meaningful way. This guide offers a combination of resources for personal exploration, to help you learn about yourself, and background research in careers, to help you learn about what kinds of work there is to do. 

Useful and Relevant Search Words

These are some of the more effective search words relevant to career exploration, planning, and college or other training. However, always start with your own words that best describe what you want to find. Use specific words. Use only one or two words. Try both plural and singular forms. Try varying combinations. Try words for specific issues relevant to the topic.Try both technical and common usage words. 

  • Career change
  • Career exploration
  • College graduates employment
  • Cover letters
  • Interviewing
  • Resume writing
  • Vocational guidance
  • Vocational training


  • Combine a subject word with the word career, for example, try agriculture career; sociology career; or sports career
  • Try synonyms, for example, sports, athletes, athletics, kinesiology, physical education
  • Try both singular and plural forms