Step 2: Identify Job Titles That Interest You

Use career development resources available at Falvey Library, at the Career Services Office, and online to research job titles that interest you, and then find out more information about these positions. After you have identified these job titles, research job descriptions. Look for similarities and differences among the jobs. Then consider the information you gleaned about yourself in Step 1. Does the job description match the description of your personality that you described in Step 1? How does your personality relate to the job description? Would your personality match the work and culture?

To begin your search of job titles and careers, see the following career sources available at Falvey Library:

  • Careers in Law (Ref. KF 297 M86 2004)
  • Careers in Criminal Justice (Ref. HV 8143 S74 1999)
  • Careers in International Affairs (Ref. JZ 1238 U6 C37 2003)
  • Careers in Politics, Government, and Activism (Ref. JK 692 A94 2003)
  • Opportunities in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Careers (Ref. HV 8143 S86 2003)
  • Becoming a Mediator (Ref. HM 1126 L68 2002)

To research information about the culture of federal agencies visit American University’s Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation (ISPPI) at http://spa.american.edu/isppi/index.php. This institute annually publishes a list of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government.

Taking the Initial Step

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Many students identify with a career in law on their list of top five careers they’re considering. The American Bar Association (ABA) advises students to engage in a serious inquiry about their career goals before choosing to apply to and attend law school. The ABA contends: “Embarking on a legal education requires a great deal of thought as well as a sizable investment of time, money, and energy.”

Talk to Professionals

To dispel common myths and stereotypes about the legal profession, conduct informational interviews. You must choose this profession based on real knowledge and not on commonly-held stereotypes and misperceptions of the profession. Use the information you garnered in Step 2 to narrow your selection of professionals you would like to interview.

Ask lawyers and professionals questions about their experiences in college, law school, and in the legal profession. Visit the Career Services Office for information on legal careers as well as career counseling.