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EDUC 1300 - Sanchez, Patricia: Career Research

Career Research

Research as Inquiry


Students will understand that research is a process of inquiry.


This activity will help you practice the following skills essential to your success in school and beyond. In this activity you will:

S1. monitor gathered information and assess for gaps and weaknesses

S2. draw reasonable conclusions based on the analysis and interpretation of information


This activity will also help you become familiar with the following important content knowledge:

K1. consider research as open-ended exploration and engagement with information

K2. seek multiple perspectives during information gathering and assessment


  1. Get out a sheet of paper and write your career at the top.
  2. Let's find the LibGuide for your course.
  3. Search for your career in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
  4. Collect and write down 3 types of information: 2 job responsibilities (that either surprise you or responsibilities that you would want to just share with someone unfamiliar with the career), the pay, and the job outlook. [7 min]
  5. Turn to your nearest neighbor and share! [2 min]
  6. Whole class shout-outs and discussion: Did anyone have any responsibilities that surprised them? How many careers were in the $400K or more pay range? $100K? $60K? Why are these careers in those ranges? How many careers had a job outlook of over 20%? 17%? 12%? Why is the outlook different for these careers? [10 min]
  7. Now search for your career in either O*Net or Ferguson's. Fact check the information you gathered from OOH. Write notes on whether you're finding the same information or different information. [7min]
  8. Turn to your neighbor again and share what you found to be the same or different! [2 min]
  9. Whole class shout-outs and discussion: How many of you found different information? Why should we look in different tools? Where does this information come from? [10 min]
  10. Write a recommendation for another student who is also researching this career. Which search tool would you recommend and why? Give them at least 2 reasons why you think that tool would be best. [5 min]

Search Examples from Tools

Off-campus access

Library databases require a login from off-campus!

  • ACES username is required for login
  • ACES password is your password for login

What does the login page look like?


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