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Career Exploration Project

Student Edition

Pick a career that interests you and investigate all aspects of being one.

You are expected to use at least three resources. The Occupational Outlook Handbook will be one of your sources. The box below lists various places to find other useful information about your career.

Take notes about the career and where you are this information. For extra help, use the document below to keep your information organized.

Scroll down the page for an extensive list of citation examples.

Find Information

These databases are the most useful source of information for your career research. The data is collected and organized by the U.S. government.

Prefer a print book?  Search the library catalog.    Want an eBook?  Search the electronic book databases.

Subject terms: career or vocational guidance

How to Search for a Print/Hard Copy Book in the Catalog

How to Search for an eBook on a Career

You have access to a large collection of digital articles that are freely available through the Library's Databases. They are available at any time. Once you click on the database link, an authentication page will come up. You can either:

  1. Enter your Library Card number (14 digits long). It's found on the back of your student ID card next to the LONG barcode. Or,
  2. Click on the link that says "LSC-Online users log in here." It will take you to another page to log in using your myLoneStar username and password.


Reality Check Resources

Write Your Paper

Your paper should have multiple paragraphs that are organized by ideas. Below is an example of how to structure your paper:

  1. Introduction and thesis statement
  2. Background information about the career
    1. Specifications and responsibilities
    2. Work conditions
    3. Benefits and drawbacks
    4. Expected salary
  3. Why did you choose this career
    1. How does it fit with your learning style and personality
    2. Why are you interested in this career?
    3. What are your strengths that will contribute to your success in this field?
    4. What potential weaknesses might hold you back?
  4. Next Steps
    1. What are the required degrees, certifications, and/or experience for this career?
    2. What are your plans to ear these credentials?
    3. What are your plans to gain experience?
    4. What can you do now to prepare to take these steps?
  5. Conclusion
    1. Why do you think this position is a good fit for you?

Created by Tracie Kamenoff, 2014

Below are example citation entries that are commonly used in this assignment.

Note that there are pieces of information that you will have to change:

  • Change red and crossed-out content to match your researched career, publication date, and url.
  • Remove the http:/ part of the URL and make sure that it is hyperlinked so that your instructor can click and open up your source of information.
  • Works Cited list is in alphabetical order by author.
  • Works Cited is double space with a hanging indentation.


United States, Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. "Musicians and Singers." Occupational Outlook Handbook,  18 Apr.

"Accounting." Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance. 17th ed. 2018.

Issit, MicahCareers in Financial Services. Salem Press, 2017.


"Geoscientists." My Next Move. National Center for O*NET Development,

"LSC-Kingwood Career Services." Student Services, Lone Star College,

Occupational Information Network (O*NET). "Summary Report for: 29-1141.00 - Registered Nurses." O*NET Online. National Center for O*NET Development, 2010,

 U. S. Dept. of  Labor, Employment and Training Administration, CareerOneStop. "Occupation Profile: Financial Managers: Texas."

Personal Interview

Smith, Suzy. Personal Interview, 10 Apr. 2015.


"Personality Type Report Exclusively for Jane Doe." Do What You Are.  Human eSources. 21 Nov. 2014.

"SmarterMeasure Assessment Report." SmarterMeasure. Smarter Services, LLC. 7 Oct. 2014.

Texas Workforce Commission and Texas Education Agency. Labor Market and Career Information. Texas Reality Check.



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