The Paw is a personal guide to your IDEAL JOB. The purpose of the The Paw is it to show all the elements you would want in an ideal job – it is not a picture of your ideal life.
The Paw’s purpose is to help with brainstorming career fields that look like potential ‘matches’ with what you have filled in. In that way, career ideas are generated from what YOU as a whole person want, not from ‘your major’ or confined to what you’ve done in the past.
Your Paw won’t contain EVERYTHING about a new career field, but it should be complete enough to start you on the next steps: researching—via books, Internet, and information interviewing—to learn as much as you can about these new career possibilities.
Once you’ve completed The Paw, you’ll be ready for the brainstorming portion—the fun part! Bring your Paw in to the CDC for some ideas; show your Paw to family and friends and colleagues to see if they have ideas. Be open to whatever is suggested, and keep a running list of all careers proposed. They may not be actual job titles but may be a sort of vague reference to some kind of work in an industry. That’s ok, because your challenge will be to explore what those actual jobs might be. And there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy doing the research. After all, those career ideas were generated from YOUR information.
The Paw can be a work in progress.
Don’t rule out occupations with strange or unfamiliar titles, or those mentioned to you that you have a negative impression of. If a counselor or friend suggests a career field based on your Paw content, check out that occupation before rejecting it. Sometimes we have formed opinions (good and bad) about occupations based on media portrayals or other input which is inaccurate.
After generating a list of possible career areas, talk with a CDC staff member for ideas on how to effectively research those careers, particularly the details of information interviewing. Ultimately the people from whom you gather this information may serve as the beginning of your network in the career field, and it’s prudent and valuable to conduct your information gathering professionally.
Please make sure you have read all the directions and looked at all the options for each section of The Paw