In this lesson, you learned how to explore different careers on the internet and organizeyour research in a spreadsheet so it’s easier to understand.
The information you collected from multiple sources gave you a more accurate picture ofwhat to expect in that career path than if you had based your assumptions on only onesource. A spreadsheet is a useful tool for careerresearch, as it enables you to organize information and use formulas to easily make calculations.
In this lesson, you:Listed at least two careers to research and added column headers for the information youwanted to learn,Researched pay rates for careers and used a formula to calculate the average pay,Researched the job outlook for the careers and used a formula to calculate the averageprojected growth,Researched educational requirements for the careers and determined which was most common,And researched the cost of an education in the careers and used a formula to calculatethe average cost.
You can use your spreadsheet to compare as many careers as you’d like. Think aboutthe factors that are most important to you in a career and the things that might influenceyour decision to follow that path, and add columns to your spreadsheet as necessary toresearch this information. Be sure to include the aspects of a potential job that are importantto you, such as working environment. Identifying what you value will increase your chancesof being satisfied with your career.
Discuss your findings with others—such as college counselors or people working in thefield that interests you—to get different viewpoints on what it would be like to pursuethe career options you’re interested in.
You can use a spreadsheet to organize the information you gain from your conversationswith these people, as well. You might also use a spreadsheet to organize informationabout specific colleges or trade schools, or to track your application process. By doingresearch, you will gain the insight to make more informed decisions about the career paththat’s best for you!