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 A. Introduction

This guide is intended to help you locate library materials about different careers, what the people who pursue them actually do, what qualifications they possess, and how to get started determining what career is right for you. This Pathfinder is not designed to help you get the job. For that information, consult the Pathfinder Getting the Job In between these two stages, you might use the library for help in acquiring specific skills, knowledge, and other qualifications for the career you choose.

 B. Subject Headings and Shelf Numbers

  • Vocational guidance
  • Browse call numbers 331 and 650.14
  • Most libraries keep a special area for JOBS related materials; ask a librarian to show you where it is.
  • When you have an idea of a career you might like, read the story of someone else who has done that job. Search the catalog like this: "Fire fighters-biography" or "Chemists-biography.

 B. Frequently Mentioned Texts

What Color Is Your Parachute? (331.128/B69/wl/JOBS )
Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type (155.264/T561d)
50 Best Jobs for Your Personality 331.702/F239f2

 C. General References, e.g. Guides, Encyclopedia, or Dictionaries

Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance (331.702/EN56e)

 D. Magazines or Newspapers

The Library has a subscription to the Proquest database of newspaper and magazine articles and the Ebscohost collection of databases. You can search these databases remotely on Cybermars, the Library's catalog, as well as in the Library. Use a subject heading like "career development" and then narrow your search as you go along.

 E. Internet Resources

  • Career Development eManual is a detailed guide intended for university students but valuable for people at any career stage. It shows how to assess one's personality, aptitudes, and values and how to match these to potential occupations. From the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
  • The Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the U S Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics is a searchable database; for each job, information is provided on the nature of the work, working conditions, qualifications, advancement, job outlook, earnings; and there are links to additional information. The library also has this resource available in print form (331.702.OC15o/JOBS)
Prepared by G. Garloch
Updated March 2013