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Easy way to explore new career directions– target potential future jobs, etc…

In doing market  and industry research for a business training I am currently taking, I stumbled upon a simple but profound exercise.

If you are curious about or actively exploring other career paths or job directions, this is a fast simple way of narrowing it down to some more specific targets.

Here it is:

1.) Type into search engine something like “list of events related job titles” but fill in the industry you are interested in. “marketing job titles” etc… Find a good list and paste all the job titles into a word document.

2.) Now go through them all and put a start or two stars next to the ones that sound appealing to you.

3.) Compile all of these that got stars into one place and look them over in more detail. The ones that seem like the best fit you can now research deeper and start pursuing.

NOTE- After you gather as much info as the web will give you, the next step before applying for education or internships or jobs is to do an Informational Interview with someone currently holding this position. This can save you a lot of wasted time and resources.

RESOURCES

Here is a great site with titles and descriptions of Creative, Marketing, and Communications jobs.

http://www.paladinstaff.com/services/job-title-descriptions/

http://www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag_index_alpha.htm – List of all Industries- ‘Industries at a Glance’

Bureau of Labor Statistics

http://www.bls.gov Includes stats on the hourly pay, amount of employees, unemployed, etc… in that field.

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