Jobs are good. Careers are better!

These resources can help you with both

Get your career started!

With a job, you exchange work for money. With a good job, the work is interesting or pleasant and the pay is pretty good. But a career is something a little different. A career is a profession for which you develop a set of skills and at which you can progress over a period of time, developing experience and, one hopes, becoming more skilled and better compensated.

Here at AIE, we've got resources to help you get a job for right now, as well as plan for a career that might last a lifetime. Check out the following:

Getting a job

The best way to learn how to get a job is to start trying to get a job. To help you find your way through that process, AIE provides a number of resources, including:

  • A checklist for job applicants, covering the basic steps from filling out forms to answering questions about salary history
  • A set of tips to help students prepare for job interviews
  • A whole section on resumes and cover letters, as well as sample resumes and resume templates adapted to different job search scenarios

Career Choices

Getting a job will benefit you in many ways, but students generally have career ambitions beyond that starter job. AIE's Career Choices tool can help you develop an idea of what professionals might expect to earn based on a number of inputs: the type of work, the levels of expertise, and the employee's location. In this way students can figure out what a Connecticut kindergarten teacher focused on special education might expect to earn at various points along his or her career path.

By creating realistic career scenarios, the tool helps you think in a more concrete way about what comes after school. Interested in becoming a paralegal in Pine Bluff, Arkansas? A financial manager in San Diego, California? The Career Choices tool can provide that information, drawing on data from federal agencies and from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a part of the U.S. Department of Labor.

Additional career resources

Besides the tool mentioned above, AIE's Career pages also provide a number of additional resources, including links to informational videos describing what it's like, day-in, day-out, in various professions, and even some tips on how to negotiate a salary.

Whether you're looking for a job or planning a career (or both), AIE's career resources are available to help you take the steps from student to professional.