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Career Research: Getting Started

View resources compiled by Trinity Library staff members on helpful information that will help you with your job search.

In Person Help

Wherever you are at in life, Trinity Washington University's Career Center is here to offer help and guidance. Located in the first floor of the Library. Click here or the image above to learn more.

Monday – Friday 9am – 7pm

China L. Wilson, PhD, GCDF
Director, Career Services
Title IX Coordinator
Phone: 202-884-9363

Quick Links


Welcome to the Trinity Washington University Library's Career and Job Guide.  Please use the provided links on this page to help you with further researching your ideal career. Each tab on top will focus on subject-centered career sources.

When researching a career, let's begin by asking:

  1. What type of jobs fit my personality? If you are just starting out in researching a career try to reflect which jobs suit you as a person.
  2. What careers are there? Am I aware of all the options?
    • Skim through the extensive lists of over 12,000 possible jobs/careers using Career Planner.
  3. Have you taken into consideration the following:
    • Is the job part of a dying industry? Should I look into something else more secure/promising?
    • Projected Job Growth?  Is the job in high demand? High demand usually equals better chances of job openings.
    • Average Pay? Are you ok with what that career has to offer? 
    • Job Duties/Responsibilities?  Are they doable? Will I be able to carry out these responsibilities?
    • Work Environment? What does it entail? Office setting? Outdoors? Offsite? Traveling? 
    • Education/License/Certification Requirements? What does each job require? Will I have the required education/license/certifications for my career?
    • Relocation? Certain jobs may be offered locally but there may be a better opportunity in another town, city, or state. Will you be willing to relocate for that job opportunity? 
  4. Have you talked to your Academic Advisor and the Director of Career Services about your interests? Remember they can guide you to the right path making sure you are in the right program.

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16 Personalities
Try this website if you are curious to see which jobs fits your personality. Many claim the results have been Informative and insightful. As of today over 100 million surveys were taken. Use as a starting point to gather information about you and the jobs out there.

If you are not a big fan of the standard survey format, try Pymetrics. Its a modern twist of a personality test but instead of a survey, you play fun online games. The games test your hand eye coordination, decision making process, memory skills, etc. The way you play and the choices you make determines which jobs best fit your personality/behavior. You must create an account in order to play. 



Listed below are books available for you to check out at Trinity Washington University's Library. 

Be bold : create a career with impact / by Cheryl L. Dorsey and Lara Galinsky.
Call Number: HF5381 .D67 2006
ISBN: 9780979011603 (pbk.)




The unemployed college graduate’s survival guide/ Bonnie Kerrigan Snyder.
Call Number: HD6278.U5 K47 2013
ISBN: 9781440560231




Résumé magic : trade secrets of a professional résumé writer / Susan Britton Whitcomb.
Call Number: HF5383 .W47 2003
ISBN: 1563708914