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Applied Studies: Career Exploration: Guide Home

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Vocational Exploration 

The purpose is to explore in-depth, the vocational aspects of your specific applied field/career. Use this guide to find relevant resources that will help you research your area of interest and answer some of the following questions:

  • What is the current status of my chosen occupational area?
  • Can I find a basic job description?
  • What education or training will I need for this career?
  • Job market projections: Is my career field growing? Are jobs in this field increasing or decreasing? 
  • Places of employment: Where will I work? Who's hiring?
  • What is a "typical day" of work in my field?
  • How much income/salary can I expect to make?
  • Job postings: Where do I look? What are employers looking for in a candidate? What are some of the requirements or qualifications for this job? 

 This is just a start. Keep brainstorming your own questions!


Recommended Databases for Applied Studies

Recommended from the Main Stacks

Recommended from the eBooks Collection

book cover image    Essential Job Interview Handbook by Jean Baur 
    ISBN: 9781601635112


ebook icon  Job Search and Career Checklists by Arlene S. Hirsch 

  ISBN: 9781593571436



      Be Prepared! by Julie-Ann Amos 

      ISBN: 1857037286




Browse the Stacks

Vocational guidance. Career development

HF 5381-5386

Career Services

Job Search & Other helpful sites

Think outside of the “box” when searching for job postings or potential places of employment. As you research, pay attention to
any names of associations and/or professional organizations you see related to your applied field.

Do some online searches (this is where Google and Wikipedia are helpful) and don’t forget about nonprofits and government agencies.

Many fields and trades have specific organizations that promote the profession, current on trends, and provide career/job information. For example: in the HVACR field; ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America) is just one of many professional associations.

Vocation and Faith

Citation Styles 
There are many citation styles for academic research. What style you should use will depend on the discipline or your professor's preference. When in doubt, check your syllabus or ask your professor what citation style to use for their course.

Online Citation Help

Citing a Personal interview (in-person, email, online)

  It is common to interview a person employed in your applied field/career of interest. Online examples are given for APA
  and MLA (Purdue OWL.)

    APA  Interview (Purdue OWL)

    MLA Interview (Purdue OWL)

Print Books in the Library Reference Collection

Get More Help!

The library offers one-on-one reference consultations to help you with your research. Whether you are just starting a project or nearing the end, friendly library staff is available to help you find the best resources.

Feel free to stop by the Circulation Desk (located on the main level of the library), or email


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