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ENG 112 Oakley

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  • What's SWOT?

    Just as companies use SWOT analysis to look objectively at where they stand, so you can use SWOT to take a critical look at the field you have targeted for your career.

    • Strengths - What positive features draw you to this career? Do your personal goals, skills and interests correlate well with this type of work?
    • Weaknesses - What does this field lack that you want? What other careers might suit you better?
    • Opportunities - Are jobs in this career growing in number? What positive trends are happening in this field? Is it featured positively in the news?
    • Threats - Are jobs in this career shrinking? Are there more competitors, changing public attitudes? Is it featured negatively in the news?

    Get Basic Career Information

    Choose Browse Professions. You can browse "Highest Paid" or "Fastest Growing" lists, or use the search box to find the career you want to explore.

    Read the "Overview" of the field, and pay particular attention to "Outlook," "Employment Prospects," and "Advancement Prospects" to get ideas about trends, opportunities and threats.

    Keywords

    Try a combination of the name of the occupation or field with keyword terms such as:

    • controversies
    • trends
    • "current issues"
    • "the future"

     

    Search Tips

    CREATE PHRASE SEARCHES

    If your career name is more than one word--social worker, dental hygienist, computer programmer--put quotation marks around the words to create a "phrase search."

    USE TRUNCATION

    Put an asterisk after the main part of the career name to include alternatives--engineer* will find the words engineer, engineers and engineering.

    CHOOSE THE BEST "CONTENT TYPE"

    "Journal Articles" and "Trade Publication Articles" are sources that people already working in the field are reading.

    LIMIT to RECENT PUBLICATION DATES

    Use the date presets, calendar, or sliding bar to get only current articles.