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You'll now need to begin specific research into industries, organizations, educational institutions (is graduate/professional school necessary?) and to seek real-world experience through summer or school-year internships. Your goal should be to identify the career field(s) and, if possible, precise organizations, for which you intend to conduct your strategic job search.

Action Steps:

  • Use our resources to research organizations that match your interests, preferred work settings (faith-based/secular, large/small organization, for profit/non-profit) and geographic preferences.
  • Seek an internship that will help you explore an industry and profession of interest to you.
  • Begin the process of networking by joining a professional association as a student member to further your knowledge of a certain field and help you establish a network of people within your field of interest.

Review our Junior Status Sheet to provide you practical steps at this point in your career development.

Researching Organizations

The following web resources can assist you as you research organizations:

CareerBeam (CareerSearch/Internships.com included)



The NEW CareerBeam is the most state-of-the-art, comprehensive online career development system available today. Some of the content and resources available to you includes:

Research databases to identify target companies and industries and locate contacts within for valuable networking opportunities (
CareerSearch).

Industry Focus modules on the most popular industries providing a wealth of information to help you identify target employers including searches by major or profession; job boards with the most recent industry postings; research/ track information; and breaking news and alerts. (
CareerSearch with industry specifics).

• Lots of content including information needed for an international search, including a search of employers issuing H1-B visas, VISA requirements, information on nations of the world, and resume differences. A Government section focusing on applications, KSA’s, resumes and interview tips for federal agencies. Entrepreneurial content to explore suitability and options.


To access this resource: Go to www.gcc.edu/careerbeam and register using your GCC email address.

Vault's Career Insider



Vault is the world’s leading source of Career Intelligence. It will make your efforts at researching employers, industries, and career subjects infinitely easier and more efficient. Whether you are just exploring possible career paths or you are ready for your interview, Career Insider can help!

Here’s what you can do once you’re inside:

• Download career titles on different Industries, Companies, and general Career Topics for FREE!
• Research Top Employers
• Explore Industries and Professions
• Gain Career Advice to Get Ahead
• Share and Discuss your interests and experiences with other users
• Much more!

Career Insider Overview (6:48) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVTUlxc4QTg
Career Insider Registration (3:00) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjxgbqZM

To access this resource: Go to www.gcc.edu/vaultcareerinsider and register using your GCC email address.

Hoovers



- Includes information on over 12 million worldwide public and private companies.
- Features information on U.S. and international companies, both public and private.
- In-depth profiles provide company overviews and history, lists of major officers, web links to company and subsidiary home pages, lists of products and competitors, brief financials and links to annual report data.
- Additional services include some industry information, business news, an online company directory, and stock quotes.

To access this resource: A direct link to this site can be found on our myGCC 'Career Services' tab.  Please note: this is a library purchased database and thus, can only be accessed on the campus network or via VPN.

Plunketts



Plunkett Research, Ltd. is the leading provider of industry sector analysis and research, industry trends and industry statistics. Students can use this resource to access information about industries, employers, and job seeker resources and tools.  Within each Industry Center, students will find exceptional tools to help them with business and industry research including:

- Market research & trends analysis
- Glossaries of industry terms
- Industry statistics & charts
- Profiles of thousands of industry-leading companies, including public and privately-held firms
- Company contact export features
- Industry associations and organizations
- Complete key word searches

To access this resource: A direct link to this site can be found on our myGCC 'Career Services' tab.  Please note: this is a library purchased database and thus, can only be accessed on the campus network or via VPN.


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2009-12 Career Services
Maintained By: Mandy Sposato | Last Updated: June 2012