Once you have completed a self assessment, explore the jobs and career paths that fit your interests and abilities.
Understanding trends and realities in the market is essential to career success. This includes, but is not limited to learning about geographic locations, industries, job functions, companies and how your skills and interests match.
Information is your best resource and the most reliable information will come from primary resources. Use your networks to contact individuals in various fields of interest and conduct informational interviews with them to determine your fit in similar positions.
- Exploring Career Options Online: Convenient options in your place and time
- UB Career Connector: Contains comprehensive information by industry and company. Connect with alumni and business professionals willing to meet. Watch expert webinars on different functions, industries, job search and more
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: This is the place to begin in researching particular occupational fields. It is the Bureau of Labor Statistics official handbook
- CareerLeader: This is an outstanding web-based self-assessment tool targeted specifically to those seeking careers in business. It provides best career matches as well as information about the different functional areas of business. Undergraduate students take CareerLeader as part of the required Career Connections courses, MGG298 and MGG398. MBA students take CareerLeader the summer before they begin the MBA program
- Concentration and Job Function Resources
- Job Market and Research Tools: Use these tools to research the job market. Look for companies in a specific geographic area (Mergent Intellect through UB Libraries), understand the cost of living in that area (city and relocation resources), and more
- Job Descriptions: Read job and internship postings to get a better understanding of the job responsibilities as well as the requirements. Use BizLink, which includes NACElink national postings and Bullseye/Handshake, company websites and other job search sites including Indeed.com
- Workshops: Attend career related workshops offered by the CRC and UB Career Services
- Informational Interviewing: A valuable tool at every stage of your career. You can conduct informational interviews to learn more about job functions, industries, companies and career paths. Find connections through UB Career Connector. Or learn how to search for alumni in a specific geographic area using LinkedIn. Keep in mind that these contacts are not mentors. They are only alumni. But if you take a thoughtful approach and keep your request to information, you could start to build a relationship with the contact. Learn how to do an informational interview
- Internships: Completing one or more can help you identify areas of interest
- School of Management Clubs: Join a club or campus organization to begin building skills and learn about industries
- CRC Salary and Employment Statistics: Helps you to determine your "market-value"