Monday, April 6, 2009

Explore Career Options @ Your Library!

Today kicks off Explore Your Career Options Week! If you're an NCC student, chances are you've decided on the kind of job you're looking for and are getting some excellent training for your future. Or perhaps you fall into another category -- you're still trying to figure out what you want to do "when you grow up," so you're attending NCC to explore the options. Either way, it's important to examine your skills and interests -- as well as your likes and dislikes -- while researching the career fields that you interest you.

The NCC Libraries have some great resources to help you explore careers, but you'll also want to visit the Career Services office for help with writing resumés, employment listings and career aptitude tests!

The Libraries subscribe to three databases related to careers:

  • Chronicle Career Library of Occupational Briefs (available on-campus only): This database provides descriptions of over 650 careers, detailing average salaries, what education is needed to get each job, typical job responsibilities and more.

  • Vault Online Career Library (available on-campus only): Contains a collection of more than 70 e-books, including resumé guides for different industries; guides to jobs around the world; and career encyclopedias, as well as a selection of career profiles.

  • Vocational Biographies: This database features more than 1,000 profiles of careers. Similar to Chronicle Career Library, it provides information on education, recommended courses, training, job benefits, job challenges, working conditions, salaries, and descriptions of a typical "day on the job."
Here is a sample of the wide array of career books available at the NCC Libraries:

Careers and Occupations: Looking to the Future
by Melissa J. Doak
HF 5382.5 .U5 C373 2008 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Careers in International Affairs
by Maria Pinto Carland
JZ 1238 .U6 C37 2008 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Résumés for Scientific and Technical Careers
by McGraw-Hill Companies
Q 147 .R47 2008 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Top Careers in Two Years: Hospitality, Human Services, and Tourism
by Rowan Riley
TX 911.3 .V62 R55 2008 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Top Careers in Two Years: Public Safety, Law, and Security
by Lisa Cornelio
HV 9950 .C67 2008 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Occupational Outlook Handbook
by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
HF 5382 .U53 2008-2009 Reference, Main and Monroe (also available online)

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