Some suggestions about how to identify a problem, challenge, or controversial issue related to a career field.
1. Browse the website of a professional organization, focusing on headings such as news, issues, publications, advocacy, etc. To identify a relevant professional organization, search Google (for example, interior design professional organizations).
2. Explore topics by browsing peer reviewed journals in a particular discipline.
3. Brainstorm ways that a given career field intersects with or interacts with society; for example, computer scientists and the privacy implications of big data analysis. Resources such as Opposing Viewpoints and CQ Researcher offer broad categories for their topics/issues list that can be helpful for this approach.
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