Not sure what type of career is best for you? You're not alone!
First, let's define career exploration. It is the process of:
learning about yourself and the world of work,
identifying and exploring potentially satisfying occupations, and
developing an effective strategy to realize your goals.
The Career Development Center has the tools and resources to help you with every step of career exploration!
This can feel like one of the most daunting tasks of college - there are so many options! Your career consultant can offer some helpful tips on how to approach this process, as well as provide information about possible career paths based on various majors. Don't forget to check out What Can I Do with this Degree.
Visit us at the Career Development Center to talk about your career questions. Check out our webpage for more information on drop-ins.
What are my interests? Is my personality a good “fit” for a certain career? Career assessments are one tool that can help you answer these kinds of questions. Experienced career consultants will help you interpret your results. The Career Development Center offers Focus 2 as a free, self-paced, online tool. It gives students a chance to self-assess career planning readiness, personality, work interests, and personal values in order to start exploring career options that align with your attributes.
Career Development Overview and Timeline
Check out what you can expect during your career exploration process, along with timelines for the career development process.
The best way to learn and explore is by doing! A few ways to apply and develop your skills is through job shadowing, internships, part-time jobs, and volunteering.
One of the best sources for gathering information about what's happening in an occupation or an industry is to talk to people working in that field. This process is called informational or research interviewing. An informational interview is an interview that you initiate - you ask the questions! The purpose is to obtain information, not to get a job, but it can help you make connections in that field that will come in handy later!
The Career Development Center has many tools to assist you with career exploration, job researching, resume and cover letter writing, self exploration, graduate school test preparation, etc. Check out Handshake for more!