Monday, April 5, 2010

Explore Career Options @ NCC Libraries!

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:
  • Career Insider: Contains information on careers, industries, resumes, interviews and much more. An account must be created to use all the features of this resource.

  • Chronicle Career Library of Occupational Briefs (To use this database, please contact a reference librarian): Presents information on more than 2,000 occupational titles, including 650 comprehensive occupational descriptions, ranging from those that require a high school diploma (or less) through professional careers.

  • Vocational Biographies: (To use this database, please contact a reference librarian): 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:

The Top 100: The Fastest-Growing Careers for the 21st Century
by Ferguson Publishing

HF 5382 .T59 2009 Stacks, Main and Monroe

College Majors & Careers: A Resource Guide for Effective Life Planning
by Paul Phifer

HF 5382.5 .U5 P445 2009 Stacks, Main

Top 100 Careers Without a Four-Year Degree: Your Complete Guidebook to Major Jobs in Many Fields
by Michael J. Farr

HD 5724 .F27 2009 Stacks, Main and Monroe

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

The Career Chronicles: An Insider's Guide to What Jobs Are Really Like -- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly From Over 750 Professionals
by Michael Gregory
HF 5382 .G733 2008 Stacks, Main

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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