Ask questions and write down the answers to help identify what you already know about your topic, what you need to answer to complete your assignment, and what you don't yet know but would like to learn. These will help guide your research. Open-ended questions are useful when doing research because they require more than simple, short answers like "yes" or "no."
Examples of questions to ask about your career:
- Why and how did you become interested in this career?
- What do you already know about it?
- What would you like to learn more about it, or what questions do you hope to answer with more research?
- What skills, education, training, or experience are needed to obtain a position in your field?
Examples of questions to ask about why the career is ideal for you:
- What type of work or aspects of a work environment are important to you?
- What talents, skills, or experience do you have that make your chosen career ideal for you?
- What are your career, personal, and/or professional goals?
- How do you think pursuing your chosen career will help you achieve your goals?
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