Undecided? Wondering what options might be out there? The Career Services Center offers many tools and resources to help students learn about themselves, explore career opportunities, and experience working in different fields.
STEP 1: Assess Yourself
When searching for a major or a career that fits, first look within. Assessments such as our Eagle Exploration program can help you identify and define your interests (what you like to do), skills (what you are good at), work values (what is important to you), and personality (what personal tendencies do you have). Many people prefer to work in a career that allows students to pursue their interests, use their skills, work according to their values, and act in a manner consistent with their personalities. Eagle Exploration will present students with majors and careers that other people with the same or similar characteristics usually prefer.
Finding an appropriate potential career will require research and reflection. Have you selected an academic program? Do you know what you can do for a living with your major? Once you find that out, you might want to learn about what job titles mean, working conditions in that job, required skills and experience, or future job prospects in that area. Resources such as the Occupational Outlook Handbook or the Career Services Resource Library can tell you what to expect. You may wish to talk to people in that field to learn more about what that job is really like. Learning as much as you can about careers of interest will help you rule out some career paths and focus on others.
The best way to know if you are going to enjoy a potential career is to gain experience in your field of choice. Talk with people in the field, enroll in job-shadowing or mentoring programs, or try on a particular career through an internship. If you are interested in trying a career on, the Career Services Center can help connect you with opportunities in your field.
Reflecting on your assessed interests, skills, values and personality, your research into the pros and cons of careers, and your experience conducting informational interviews, shadowing or as an intern can help you decide whether a career is a good fit for you. If the career appears to be a good fit, you can then decide if it is a career worth pursuing. If your research leads you to an option that is not a good fit or if you don’t believe it is a good fit, repeat the process by investigating another career option.
STEP 5: Plan
Once you find a career opportunity with the right fit, you can begin to plan for your next career-related destination. What steps will you need to take to make yourself stand out to employers? What experience will make you marketable in the field? The Career Services Center team can help you plan your transition from college to career or from one job or career field to another.