So you’ve put together your values, talents, and ideal environments into a profile of self. Now what?
This is where the government comes in.
Of the many things the government puts out into the world, one of them is actually useful and it’s compiled and maintained by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It’s called the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) and it’s essentially an index of zillions of jobs with a forecast for their demand, description of what they do (talents), the environment they do it in (ideal environment), and the type of person that might do well (values). It’s not a perfect resource. At all. But it’s a great start.
Check it out here: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
And no, the government isn’t giving me a tax break for hocking their products.
Of course, nothing can take the place of testing out a job yourself or talking to someone who has been successful doing it. These are two great ways to figure out if the job will align with your authentic self. But the OOH can at least provide some entry-level information and it’s easy to navigate and read.
Thank goodness for the bureaucrats.
By the way, why does Uncle Sam look so mad?
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