Career Exploration

 

Career Exploration

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72.5% of employers indicate they prefer to hire candidates with relevant work experience. (National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook 2015).

Identifying a career path early on in your time at Purdue is vital to help you make the best choices for coursework, student organizations, internships, research projects, etc. that will allow you to be competitive candidate in​ your field.
 
Below are Career P​rofiles, Professional Organizations, Job Boards, Related Skills and Personal Assessment resources to assist you in your in career exploration.  Spend some time exploring the various sections. The FNR Office of Student Services (OSS) staff are also available to meet with you to discuss career options.

While there are limitless careers in the field of natural resources, below are a few occupational profiles from the U.S. Department of Labor's Career One Stop website that may be helpful to review:

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​​​PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Each of the majors in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources is tied to a professional organization. The following websites may provide further career exploration, view the following areas on these sites:
  • Career – is there additional information about careers on this site that may be helpful to your research?
  • Professional development – are certifications or licenses offered through the organization?
  • Job board – does the organization offer a job board with career related postings?
The three organizations associated with the field biology majors are:
​​​Additional, related professional organizations can be found HERE.
 
​​​JOB BOARDS
Spend some time reviewing natural resource job boards, click through the links to explore the various job openings.  Some questions to ask as you review:
  • ​What does someone in this position do on a daily basis?
  • ​Is the location of the position somewhere I would like to live?
  • ​What are the education requirements for the position?
  • ​Are there additional certifications or licenses required?
  • ​What is the salary for the position?  Will this salary meet my financial goals?
  • ​What is the working environment (physical demands, travel requirements, shift work)?
  • ​Does this position meet my future goals and family plans?
  • ​Does this position interest me?

​The job boards with the widest variety of postings are: 
​Additional, related job boards can be found HERE.

RELATED SKILLS
In addition to academic training, employers are looking for the following attributes (National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlo​ok​ 2015).  As you seek out internships, volunteer opportunities and career options, it is important to find ways to learn and/or build these skillsets:  

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Analytical/Quantitative Skills
Communication Skills (Written and Oral)
Computer Skills
Creativity
Detail Oriented
Entrepreneurial Skills/Risk Taker
Flexibility/Adaptability
Friendly Outgoing
Initiative
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Natural Resource Supervisors
Interpersonal Skills (relates well to others)
Leadership
Plan, Organize, Prioritize
Problem Solving
Strategic Planning
Tactfulness
Teamwork
Technical Knowledge
Work Ethic
 
PERSONNEL ASSESSMENT
If you are finding that none of the career options or job postings you have reviewed are interesting maybe it is time for some personal assessment of your skills and interests.  The Center for Career Opportunities​ can assist with further career counseling.  Below are a few sites that may be helpful as you assess where your interests and skills align with career options.

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