4 Tips for Industry Exploration

Research industries utilizing online tools. O*NET Online and the Bureau of Labor Statistics are two sources for looking into industries. With O*NET, you can look through multiple industries, their occupations, projected growth and job openings. You can use the Bureau of Labor Statistics to find an overview of the industry, including employment and salary. Use these websites to get an idea about what industries you’re interested in. 

Engage in self-reflection. Ask yourself some questions to find out what’s important to you career-wise. What are you good at? What do you care about? What transferable skills do you have? If you like working with children, you might find yourself in the Educational Services industry. Imagine yourself in that career, can you see yourself in it? Keep in mind that you’re not locked in based on your degree. Employers are looking for transferable skills

Exclude industries you know you’re not interested in. Knowing myself, I know I would not enjoy working in the construction industry. I have nothing against that industry, it’s just not a good fit for me. What can you get rid of right away? As you go through industries, create a Yes, Maybe, No list. 

Do informational interviews with professionals from different industries. Researching is pertinent to research exploration, especially before speaking to professionals. Take industries from your Yes and Maybe column of your list and find professionals that work within those. Prepare for the informational interview by going through our Informational Interview Guide and preparing questions that will lead you closer to your desired industry. 

Narrowing in on industries you can see yourself in will help in the long-run, whether it’s during a job search, while you’re networking, etc. It is so important to know what really interests you, so that you can focus your time and energy on something you’re actually passionate about. 


By Sydney Evans
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