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Blog 17

April 26th, 2012

Facts On File – Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center

While many of our UMaine students may be familiar with Facts on File, there may be some information on this very helpful and informative resource that you may not have been introduced to yet! Stay tuned to learn more…

To begin, we would like to address the students who are not yet familiar with this wonderful feature located right at the bottom of our website under Career Exploration. Often times, we encourage our students to use Facts on File when they are trying to figure out what major would be best for them, what career they can pursue with the major they’re in, or in consideration of transferring to a different major. Facts on File requires a username and password, which can be obtained by visiting our office on the third floor of Memorial Union. Once you are logged into this website, you will be provided with the opportunity to explore the many possibilities and the unlimited amount of information for many if not all of your inquiries. Facts on File provides individuals with the opportunity to browse all job and industry profiles—choosing a career can be an extremely daunting process. In order to assist the search process, Facts on File has broken down jobs and industries into 16 clusters: Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources; Architecture and Construction; Arts, A/V Technology, and Communications; Business, Management, and Administration; Education and Teaching; Finance; Government and Public Administration; Health Science; Hospitality and Tourism; Human Services; Information Technology; Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security; Manufacturing; Marketing, Sales, and Service; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; and Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics.

Within the 16 industries listed on Facts on File’s database exists an opportunity for students to explore and gain insight to what types of careers particular majors yield. You can enter the website, type in a career you think you may be interested in and it will break down the different facts about that career including (but not limited to): majors required to fulfill that position, salary range, job description, and the career ladder one would have to climb in order to obtain the position. It also gives similarly related jobs in case the position you selected initially turns out to be something you cannot see yourself pursuing.

Additionally, if you are looking for something in particular, there is a handy keyword search box located in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. If you are looking for jobs that require you to be creative, you could simply type the word “creative” in the search box, press enter, and you will get a huge amount of results (in this case, 1190 opportunities related to the word creative). It is important to keep in mind that the more specific you are with the words you enter into the search box, the more narrow the results and the broader you are with your words, the more results you will get.

Now, for the highlight topic of the week:


On top of career and major information, Facts on File provides our students with information on financial aid/scholarships for undergraduate, graduate, and vocational education by field!! More than 3,300 sources are listed and information is divided by major, student profile, and by special types of aid. Contact information for more than 1,000 organizations and offices that provide financial aid information are also included.
You simply have to sign into Facts on File and direct yourself to the College Planning and Financial Aid section on the lower, left-hand corner of the screen. Here, you can look for particular schools, enter the financial aid directories to determine the aid that may be available to you. The College Planning and Financial Aid section also has a link to information about applying for student loans! It is a very detail oriented, informative, and hands-on website.
If you would like to learn more about Facts on File, please stop by the Career Center or call today to make an appointment with a career counselor (581-1359).

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