At UW Flexible Option, we are committed to helping you achieve your career goals. Check out these tools to help you get started, or continue, on your career journey. Be sure to check back to this page often as we continue to add resources and information.
If you are just getting started in your career exploration or are contemplating a career change, consider taking time to understand your interests, personality characteristics, and existing skills as you start your exploration. Doing so can help you find a career that you are both well-suited for and aligns with your interests.
- O*Net Interest Profiler and Target Interests Inventory: These tools can help you find out what careers are aligned with your interests.
- Personality Inventory: This personality assessment helps identify what career areas might be best suited for your personality.
- Transferable Skills Assessment: Do you already have skills from previous life experiences that might be applicable in multiple career fields? Find out by taking this transferable skills assessment.
Career Exploration Tools
Ready to start learning more about the career fields that are aligned with your interests, personality, and existing skills? Start exploring careers here.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH): This is a helpful tool for finding career information. Occupations are broken down into useful categories, such as type of work duties and work environment, to help you assess alignment with your interests and personality. Additionally, occupations are broken down by the education and training required, income potential, and future outlook for employment.
- Labor Market Information: Use these tools and links to learn which occupations are in high demand in your area, pay good wages, and relate to your skills and training.
Finding the next step in your career path can be challenging. Sometimes, especially when making important decisions, it can be helpful to use a structured approach to making decisions. Consider using a decision-making model to help you keep moving forward in your career exploration.
Job Search Tools
If you are ready to embark on searching for the next position in your career, you’ve come to the right place. Use the tools provided in this section for information on how to leverage LinkedIn in your job search, effective interviewing techniques, to access job search websites, and more.
As you get started, remember, trying to find a job in the area of your career interest can be a full-time job. Get organized, make a plan of action, and consider setting long-term and daily goals. (Need help setting effective goals? Learn how to set SMART goals.) Those most successful in their job searches are: highly organized, focused on getting face-to-face time with decision makers, and diligently follow-up with those decision makers. And lastly, it takes time. You may not land that dream job right away, but stick with it and you will increase your chances.
- Using LinkedIn to Find a Job or Internship
- Using LinkedIn to Network
- Acing the Interview
- Cost of Living Calculator
- Idealist Job Search Engine
- Indeed Job Search Engine
- Simply Hired Job Search Engine
- USA Job Search Engine and Information (Ideal for Veterans, new college graduates, or those with disabilities)
- GoinGlobal Job Search Engine
- Overseas Jobs Search Engine (Ideal for those looking for a career overseas)
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