Now that you have developed a list of career options, it is time to engage in Desk Research to learn more about each of those options. Desk research is the name given to finding published information which can include occupational descriptions, job responsibilities, skills overviews, and comments about educational requirements. It includes magazines, journals, books, CD-ROMS, e-learning, and more. A wealth of information exists and this knowledge is available to you in bookstores, colleges, libraries, and on websites. With the widespread adoption of the Internet, use of published information to learn more about careers and industries is becoming increasingly common as a means of gathering information.
The most common questions that people ask:
- “Where do I start?”
- “What do I look for?”
- “How will I know when I find it?”
These are common questions asked prior to career discovery. This section will assist you in planning the steps in your research process and help minimize research anxiety.
Desk Research can be challenging and time consuming. Many people are intimidated by research and the research process. Sometimes, you might spend hours looking for specific information. At other times, you might find exactly what you want within five minutes. The time you spend on research is dependent on what types of information you are seeking, how much information you feel you need to make decisions, and available resources. It is best if you set aside dedicated time to do the research required to help you make informed decisions.
During Desk Research, you will evaluate a broad list of occupations based on your Career Discovery worksheet. Through research, you will narrow your career options to one or two choices, if you have not done so already. Let us take a look at the research process so that you can get a feel for the type and quality of effort that will be required of you.