An important part of any career development plan includes gathering information about potential careers. To get the most out of this step, utilize the different exploration options available to you:
EUREKA is California's premier computerized career exploration program providing users with detailed California-based information on over 1,100 occupations. With EUREKA you can also:
- Search for graduate schools
- Find scholarship and financial aid information
- Assess your personality, interests and skills
- Receive resume assistance
- Discover how to start your own business
- Develop job search strategies
- Link to job openings
EUREKA is available on the computers in the Career Resources Library and online. To access the online version for free, call the CSC at 559-453-2220 to get the site ID code.
Occupation Information on the Internet
A plethora of career information is available on the Internet. In addition to the following websites, you can visit the websites of professional associations that represent your career of interest.
General Occupational Information
- Occupational Outlook Handbook
- What Can I Do with a Major in . . .?
- Jobstr - ask people anything about their jobs
- General Information
- American Advertising Federation
- American Film Institute
- American Society of Newspaper Editors
- Association of Women in Communications
- International Association of Business Communicators
- National Association of Broadcasters
- National Communication Association
- Public Relations Society of America
- Society of Professional Journalists
- General Information
- Environmental Sciences/Studies
Gathering information about a specific occupation or industry by talking with people actually working in the field is called informational interviewing. It can be a very valuable tool in making informed decisions about your career path.
The Informational Interviewing Network is a group of FPU alumni and friends who have agreed to be available to FPU students to talk with them about their careers. To access this network or find out more information, please call or visit the CSC.
The following links provide information on how to conduct an informational interview and questions to ask.
Trying to find the right graduate program can be a confusing process. To help you we have listed several websites that have information on programs, testing and strategies for getting into the right program. The Career Services Resource Library also has a number of graduate school directories that list graduate programs based on category and geographic location.
Graduate School Databases
- College Source (accessible for free from FPU networked computers)
- Graduate Guide
- Grad Schools
- Peterson's Grad School Planner
- US News - Best Graduate Schools
- Law School Admissions Council and LSAT Info
- Peterson's Testing Prep (includes information on all graduate exams)