Saturday, January 17, 2015

Career Outlook Makes Boring Data Useful for Your Future

Career Outlook Make Boring Data Useful [Shy Job Seeker Blog]
Career Outlook online offers useful data and research
in a highly readable format.
By Susan Pines, Shy Job Seeker Blog 

In some of my past posts, including the one linked here, I’ve written about free resources developed by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to help you with your career choice and job search. Over time, these DOL resources have been put online. Now the Occupational Outlook Quarterly (OOQ), a print magazine, has migrated completely to the web and bears a new name: Career Outlook. Like its predecessor, the new Career Outlook features articles that use occupational data, research, and information in a nontechnical, interesting way.

Career Outlook includes the following parts:

  • Feature articles offer interesting and helpful overviews of occupations, industries, employment projections, and career planning. For example, “Career Planning for High Schoolers” is the current feature article on the Career Outlook home page. Other articles on the current home page include “The Changing Face of Retail Trade” and “Working for the Federal Government, Part 2.” As you can see, the articles cover a wide range of topics and audiences.
  • “You’re a what?” profiles unique or interesting occupations. Kinesiotherapists are profiled on the Career Outlook home page today.
  • “Interview with a…” describes a worker’s career path in a question-and-answer format. On the current Career Outlook home page, a mechanical engineer explains her background. Questions include the following: What do you do? What helped you prepare for your job? How did you get the job you have now? What’s your best advice? The interview is accompanied by BLS Fast Facts, which list wages, projected employment growth, and top-employing industries for mechanical engineers. 
  • “Data on display” depicts useful data. The current Career Outlook features a chart titled “Working the slopes,” which illustrates employment in skiing facilities. 
  • Quick Tip links to helpful websites for more career and education information.
Articles from past issues of the OOQ are linked at Career Outlook. You can also click the Archives tab for past OOQ articles on career fields, career planning (including job search and skills), work options (such as flexible jobs and part-time jobs), pay, education, and training.

Like the OOQ that preceded it, Career Outlook articles are written in clear, plain language and offer helpful and understandable occupational insights. New articles are posted to Career Outlook frequently, according to the site. Be sure to dig into Career Outlook and add it to your reading list!

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