Use NCcareers.org to advance your career opportunities
In a previous article, we shared how NCcareers.org can help individuals discover jobs for which their education has prepared them and that these jobs can often go beyond the obvious connections. This article will address another challenge that recent graduates often face; how to identify jobs that can help advance a career.
Sometimes graduates can explore employment opportunities that are currently beyond their reach because employers are looking for candidates with more experience or a higher level of education. Some graduates may already have a job, but with newly acquired training and skills they are looking for better opportunities for career advancement. Both situations can be confusing as to what career opportunities a young graduate should pursue to get to where they ultimately want to go.
NCcareers.org has tools to help provide insight to recent graduates in career exploration. the The next step and First step the tools use O * NET data to identify related occupations – those that require similar skills and knowledge but typically pay more – to show a potential path to career advancement.
Julie wants to find a growth opportunity with her current employer
The Next Step tool was developed to guide users with known starting jobs to identify occupations that could help advance their careers.
To better explain this, allow me to introduce Julie to you. Julie worked as Claims adjuster at XYZ Insurance Company for the past four years while studying for a Bachelor of Commerce. She enjoys working at XYZ Insurance and wants to have a career there. Using the Next Step tool, she identifies five occupations that could be considered advancement opportunities for her – see the image below. She knows her company is hiring Compliance officers, Credit analysts and Insurance underwriters and is interested in these jobs. It eliminates insurance underwriters because data shows there will be little to no growth in this profession over the next several years – see the key to the right of the circles in the image above. By hovering the cursor over the circle for each profession and checking the ‘Compare’ box in the pop-up window, Julie can see the differences in salary and the education, experience, knowledge and skills required to advance in all three. potential occupations – see image below.
After reviewing each profession’s profile page, Julie decides to pursue a credit analyst position. She could take her career exploration a step further and identify occupations that would constitute advancement for a credit analyst by clicking on the “Add to Career Path” link under the “Compare” box – see the image to the right. There she discovers that Financial analysts, Personal financial advisors and Budget analysts are additional advanced opportunities beyond a credit analyst position.
David loves computers and wants to manage people
Next, let’s talk about David. He recently graduated Bachelor of Computer Science and wants to work as IT and information systems manager. From his career research, David understands that a bachelor’s degree is the minimum education required to work as a computer and information systems manager, but he also knows that it takes several years of experience to be truly qualified for this profession. The First Step tool works to identify backlinks and should be used when users already identify their target job, but need to gain additional experience, skills and knowledge.
Using First Step, David identifies four similar professions that would help him prepare to become an IT and information systems manager by developing his experience and skills over the years: Information security analysts, Computer network architects, Computer systems analysts and IT, All others. Looking at the data, he notices that all of these occupations have an average annual salary greater than $ 75,000, with the exception of Computer occupations, all others, as indicated by the number of $ inside the circle and that they all have a good number of vacancies as indicated by the size of the circle – see the key to the right of the image below.
By comparing the knowledge and skills required for the profession as well as looking at the profiles of the professions, David decides that he is more interested in working as a computer systems analyst. When David is ready to search for a job, he can click on the “Jobs” link on the job profile and start reviewing job openings and applying through NCWorks.gov job board.