Friday, November 8, 2013

Degree Exploration Guides: An Excellent Place to Start Your Career Research

Starting your career research can be overwhelming and extremely intimidating. Looking for a starting point can be difficult when it feels like you are being bombarded by an enormous amount of information. It is because of this that Career Services ensures that each student at Brock has a document to help them with their career search that is tailored to their own program.

Each program at Brock has their own Degree Exploration Guide (or DEG) which are available in the Career Resource Centre and online as a PDF here. The type of information found on your DEG includes:
  • Career Options
  • Degree Specific Skills
  • Professional Associations and Career Resources
  • Further Education and Entrance Exams
  • Internships and Volunteering
  • General Job Search Resources
  • General Business Directories
When consulting the 'Career Options' section of your DEG it is important to keep two things in mind: this is not an extensive list and some of these careers will require further education in the form of graduate studies (MA/PhD) or a graduate certificate. In order to conduct proper research on these career options we have put together a section on our website called Occupational Research which lists various websites that can be used to compliment your DEG. Career Cruising is my personal favourite since its provides you with the required education, estimated salary, workplace environment, and daily tasks involved in thousands of different careers.

Our DEGs have been updated with the help of your program's advisers to ensure that information is relevant and useful for new and graduating students at Brock University.We highly recommend referencing not only your program but also programs you have taken cross-listed courses in (for instance, History of Art students should also reference the Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Classics, and Studies in Arts and Culture DEGs). This way a wide range of career options and professional association websites can be made available to you.

So don't stress over finding a starting point for your career research - we've already done it for you! :)

Ashley Paolozzi, Lead Career Assistant
4th Year History of Art (Honours)

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