Mervyn Sterne Library has trial access (until 6/30/2011) to two career databases.
Career Library, an EBSCO database, is a comprehensive resource for those who are exploring careers and colleges. There are five major components to this database:
- The Exploration Center has a tool to help users assess their skills and occupational interests, connecting the results to a list of possible careers and/or occupations. Likewise, there is a tool that allows users to specify criteria for their college searches, resulting in a list of matching schools. Thorough profiles for each career and higher education institution are provided.
- The Planning Center contains printable resources to help users in their exploration, planning, and preparation for a new occupation or college career, such as checklists and a resume builder.
- The Resource Center directs the user to web resources, relevant articles, the Occupation Video Library, state-specific data, and more.
- The Activity Center contains interactive quizzes, sample standardized test questions, GED sample tests, etc.
- The Support Center gives contact information, help files & FAQs, and a feedback box.
Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center (a Facts on File database) is a comprehensive career and college informational database. The sections are as follows:
- Job and Industry Profiles is arranged in 16 career clusters, with nearly 3400 jobs and 94 industries.
- Job-Hunting and Workplace Skills includes tools for planning a career path, preparing for an interview, writing resumes, and more.
- Career and Industry Resources includes over 55,000 searchable, browsable entries representing organizations, fellowships, internships, scholarships, and awards.
- School Search is a searchable database of 4,000 higher education institutes. This section also contains information about financial aid, the writing of the college essay, a college planning timeline, and much more.
Additionally, Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center contains almost 300 videos on jobs, industries, and career development. Plus, there are “My Life” interviews with professionals to give a firsthand look at careers.