Once you have completed a self assessment, explore the jobs and career paths that fit your interests and abilities.
Understanding trends and realities in the market is essential to career success. This includes, but is not limited to learning about geographic locations, industries, job functions, companies and how your skills and interests match.
Information is your best resource and the most reliable information will come from primary resources. Use your networks to contact individuals in various fields of interest and conduct informational interviews with them to determine your fit in similar positions.
- Exploring Career Options Online: Convenient options in your place and time
- Vault Career and Industry Guides: Vault contains comprehensive information by industry and company. This includes more than 100 career and industry guidebooks, 1700 day in the life articles, 5000 employer profiles and much more. Log in through BizLink
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: This is the place to begin in researching particular occupational fields. It is the Bureau of Labor Statistics official handbook
- CareerLeader: This is an outstanding web-based self-assessment tool targeted specifically to those seeking careers in business. It provides best career matches as well as information about the different functional areas of business. Undergraduate students take CareerLeader as part of the required Career Connections courses, MGG298 and MGG398. MBA students take CareerLeader the summer before they begin the MBA program
- Concentration and Job Function Resources
- Job Market and Research Tools: Use these tools to research the job market. Look for companies in a specific geographic area (Hoover's through UB Libraries), understand the cost of living in that area (city and relocation resources), and more
- Job Descriptions: Read job and internship postings to get a better understanding of the job responsibilities as well as the requirements. Use BizLink, which includes NACElink national postings and MBA Job Web, Bullseye, company websites and other job search sites including Indeed.com
- Workshops: Attend career related workshops offered by the CRC and UB Career Services
- Informational Interviewing: A valuable tool at several stages of your career development process. Conduct informational interviewing through MentorLink (using BizLink) or through UB Career Services Meet-a-Mentor program (using BullsEye)
- Internships: Completing one or more can help you identify areas of interest
- School of Management Clubs: Join a club or campus organization to begin building skills and learn about industries
- CRC Salary and Employment Statistics: Helps you to determine your "market-value"
- Career Resource Library: Use the Student Resource Area in the CRC (308 Alfiero) to access books, career guides and employer information. Some books to consider for your research include:
- A Career In Sports: Advice from Sports Business Leaders by Michelle Wells, Andy Kreutzer and Jim Kahler
- Career in Sports by Glenn M. Wong
- Environmental Careers in the 21st Century by The Environmental Careers Organization
- Green Collar Jobs by Scott M. Deitche
- Succeeding as an Entrepreneur by Harvard Business Review