Time for a change?
Are you looking to find the 21st century opportunities that will allow your career to soar?
Navigating job changes can be tricky business, and it can be overwhelming to try to keep up with the pace of change. The Department of Labor has a number of tools to support you through the process.
My Next Move is a web-based interactive tool from the Labor Department for new job seekers, students and other career-explorers to learn more about their career options. Users can:
- Explore more than 900 different careers and see important information including skills, tasks, salaries and employment outlook on easy-to-read career reports.
- Look at related apprenticeships and training, and search actual job openings.
- Find careers through a keyword search; by browsing industries; or through the O*NET Interest Profiler, a tool that offers customized career suggestions based on interests, education and work experience
Though My Next Move is intended to assist all jobseekers, it may be especially useful for students, young adults and other first-time workers as they explore potential careers based on their interests. The new tool complements the department's "mySkills myFuture" site, which is designed to help those with previous work experience match existing skills to new occupations.
This website allows users to search for jobs by occupation, by industry and using the "O*NET Interest Profiler," which matches an individual's interests with suitable occupations by asking 60 questions. Since 2001, the department's Occupational Information Network, or O*NET, has used a 180-question version of the profiler that can be printed out or downloaded to a personal computer.
Each occupation that a user selects has an easy-to-read, one-page profile, including information about what knowledge, skills and abilities are needed; the occupation's outlook; the level of education required; technologies used within the occupation; and similar jobs. In addition, each occupation page includes direct links to local salary information, training opportunities and relevant job openings.