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Career Exploration quite simply is the process of learning about yourself and the world of work. You may identify and explore potentially satisfying occupations, or develop an effective strategy to realize your goals. Sounds boring, right? Words like 'process', 'identify' and 'effective strategy' don't exactly sound exciting but they can be. It all depends on how and what you are looking for to answer that all imposing question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?"   

It was Mrs. Frizell's 6th grade class and I was 11 years old when that question was posed to the entire class. "What do you want to be when you grow up?" I sat there thinking as she went around the class asking everyone. I listened to my fellow classmates as they gave their answers; a doctor, a teacher, a football player, a social worker, a marine biologist, a professional downhill skier, blah, blah, blah. I was 11 years old, living in very rural, southwest Colorado. What did I know about career opportunities, job demands, wage scales and education requirements?  I wanted something exciting. When it was my turn and Mrs. Frizell asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up; I thought about the most fun and exciting 'job'.  My answer was, "A race car driver or international spy!"  For me that sounded fun and something I would like to try.  Honestly who wouldn't want to be James Bond speeding down the Autobahn saving the world and going to exotic places. As a group we had no frame of reference, resources or tools that would help us discover our potential and careers that might match our personalities, likes, and ideas of where we saw ourselves in the future. As you explore this site I hope you will find the tools, resources and links to be useful. Take full advantage of everything here. We've reached out far and wide to find some interesting and useful tools to help you on your journey down the road to the career of your choice. Remember that very few people answer that question the first time out of the gate. You will see during your search through this site's resources and exploration tools and talking with professionals; what each person thought they wanted to be, where they started and where they have landed has been a journey and none of them feel the journey is over. Careers don't happen by accident; so explore your options. 
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