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UNIV 1101 - Learning Frameworks in Collegiate Studies

Career Research

Though we spend a short time on marketable skills and career planning in UNIV 1101, the topic will likely be discussed in other courses and throughout your academic career.  The resources here are designed to assist you with career exploration - for personal or academic use.

Additional information can be found through the SHSU Career Services Office.

Career Exploration Websites

There are several websites relevant for researching careers. The websites listed below are not meant to be an exhaustive list. Information from the Internet needs to be evaluated critically, with attention to origin, author, motive, bias, and age.

 

Texas Reality Check
www.texasrealitycheck.com/
Created by the Texas Workforce Commission and the Texas Education Agency as guide to budgeting expenses based on income. Includes calculations for cost of living in various Texas cities.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/
From the U.S. Dept. of Labor, describes occupations and careers.
How to use OOH (Video)

O*NET Occupational Information Network
http://online.onetcenter.org/
Definitions and information on various occupations and includes a skills search quiz.

Career One Stop
http://www.careeronestop.org/
Sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Labor, provides data on salary variation between states.

Labor Force Statistics
https://www.census.gov/topics/employment/labor-force.html

Texas Workforce Commission Labor Market Information
https://twc.texas.gov/businesses/labor-market-information

SAM Career Services
http://www.shsu.edu/dept/career-services/

Can I Afford That?

Texas Reality Check
www.texasrealitycheck.com/
Created by the Texas Workforce Commission and the Texas Education Agency as guide to budgeting expenses based on income. Includes calculations for cost of living in various Texas cities.

City Data
http://www.city-data.com/
Where do you dream your career will take you? Can you afford to live there? Will the community be a good match for your lifestyle?

Is it the 'Best Place'?
https://www.bestplaces.net/cost-of-living/
Compare cost of living, crime, climate and more.

Commuting to Work?  Data from Census.gov.

The Graduate's Guide
https://www.edsmart.org/graduates-moving-living-working-new-city/
Things to consider in finding your new home after graduation.

Books About Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviewing

Once you have focused on a particular career area, submitting resumes and preparing for interviews becomes an important part of the job-seeking process.  The following items provide examples of resumes and cover letters as well as tips on preparing for interviews.  Books about resume writing can be found in section HF 5383.
 

175 High Impact Cover Letters / Richard H. Beatty (Ebook)

Complete Q&A Job Interview Book / Jeffrey G. Allen (Ebook)

The essential guide to business etiquette / Lillian H. Chaney (EBook)

Federal resume guidebook / Kathryn K. Troutman

What color is your parachute? : a practical manual for job-hunters and career-changers / Richard N. Colles
HF5383 .B56, Reference Career Collection

 

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