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NET Gain No. 24:
Career Resources
(February 1999)

Career resources on the internet are spreading like wildfire. With links to self-assessment tests, job information, skill standards and potential employers, this topic is particularly suited for the Web. The sites below are especially are good at sorting the bewildering details into a useful repository of information.

Career Exploration

Cornell University's career exploration site (www.explore.cornell.edu) is an excellent starting point. The main page presents the stages of career development: self-exploring, exploring occupations, skills and job search.

Users can try out career and personality assessment tools and tests, link to industries on the Web, learn more about resumé writing and interviewing skills and explore a plethora of job openings at commercial and nonprofit sites.

The University of Tennessee at Chatanooga's Center for Community Career Education has developed a career exploration site (www.utc.edu/~careered/catalogindex.htm) that is divided into three parts: elementary school, middle school and high school and beyond. Each is organized by career cluster.

Career Development and Counseling

The National Career Development Association's site (http://ncda.org/) has information about the group's activities and publications as well as links (http://ncda.org/hotlinks.html) to the major organizations and sources of information for career counselors.

[This paragraph has been revised since the printed version to reflect changes in the site.] The Mining Co. site has two areas of interest, one on career planning (http://careerplanning.miningco.com?pid=2728&cob=home) and one on vocational and technical education and careers (http://votech.miningco.com/mbody.htm?COB=home&PID=2728). A feature of the Mining Co.'s site is that each area is organized by a "guide" whose picture appears on the topic page, and who highlights resources from time to time.

Career Information for Adults

America's Career InfoNet (www.acinet.org/acinet/) has information about employment trends, typical pay and training requirements. The site includes national and state wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and state employment security agencies. The site is linked with America's Job Bank (www.ajb.dni.us/), which has services for both employers and job seekers, and America's Learning Exchange (www.alx.org), which has information on education and training.

Commercial Web Directories

The Yahoo! Web directory has more than 90 career planning links (http://dir.yahoo.com/Education/Career_and_Vocational/Career_Planning/) organized by career category.

The Lycos Web directory has an extensive and well organized career area (www.lycos.com/careers/). It includes links to job listings and interactive sites that help users find and jobs in their desired locales.


  This "NET Gain" was compiled by David Carlson and Peter Seidman (NCRVE, University of California at Berkeley). An online version of this column is available on the NCRVE World Wide Web server (http://ncrve.berkeley.edu/NetGain/). Readers are encouraged to let the authors know about any changes in the resources listed, as well as about others they find useful.
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