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Career Exploration Tools

Assessment and informational interviewing are two great career exploration tools. In addition, we recommend the following selected online resources:

Spotlight on Careers

Spotlight on Careers provides an excellent series of guides about career fields that are popular with liberal arts students. Each guide is organized similarly, and includes an introduction, as well as information about career options, and trends. There are also sections on Jobs and Internships, Graduate School, and real life professional stories in Alumni Profiles. Off-campus access to Spotlight requires a password; email cdo@vassar.edu for log-in information.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the US Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, contains a wealth of information about careers and occupations, including information about education requirements, salary, projected growth, and the day-to-day experience of working specific professions. 

O*NET Online

The O*NET Online is a resource similar to the Occupational Outlook Handbook that also enables you to search for occupations by skill sets and more.

Vault's Career Insider

Vault's Career Insider is comprehensive online career resource which includes downloadable Career Guides and Industry Guides for a wide variety of career fields.

On-campus users: Enter your email address to create a personal account.
Off-campus users: Send an email to cdo@vassar.edu with your name, graduation year, email address, country and zip and we will create an account on your behalf.