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BHS_CAREER Research Essay: 2. Information Seeking Strategies

Strategies for your Search

STEP 2:  INFORMATION SEEKING STRATEGIES

Ask, "What are all the possible sources to check on my topic?  Which sources will have the best information?"

Remember that it is your responsibility to evaluate your sources carefully.

Finding Information

How to Learn about Careers:

 

Read

  • Find websites about companies and careers.  However, you can also complement your inquiry by searching for additional related Websites.  Remember to read the URL (Web address) of the site to figure out the type of source you are visiting, and be aware of potential bias. You should look at when considering whether or not a website might be useful is the URL (the web address). The most typical COMMON DOMAINS (the last three letters in the main part of the address) that you will see are:

    .com (commercial website - their purpose is generally to sell you something - generally not good for scholarly research)

    .org (generally a not for profit organization - BUT wikipedia is a .org and generally not a good place to do scholarly research)

    .gov ( a government website)

    .edu (an educational website)

  • Remember that NAVIANCE has lots of information about careers, too!

Interview

  • Talk to someone with first-hand experience.  

Experience

  • What will be the next step for you?  Can you "shadow" someone for a day?  Can you get a part-time job related to the career you're interested in?  Can you arrange an internship or apprenticeship?  

Suggested subject heading searches to get started:

  • Career Choice
  • Career Choice and Development
  • Vocational Guidance
  • Occupations - US
  • Job Hunting
  • Career Development
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Careers / General
  • Success In Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Green Jobs