Career Exploration Process
The career exploration process involves learning more about yourself, researching your options, trying new experiences, and creating a strategic plan to reach your professional goals. Whether you are deciding on a major or determining your career options, the Career Center is here to help you every step of the way. Use the following steps to guide your exploration.
Step 1: Engage in Self Assessment
- Begin your process of self-discovery by reflecting on the following questions:
- What are my interests and what do I enjoy learning about?
- What do I like to do and what skills would I like to develop?
- What are my talents and strengths?
- What are my values?
- Consider taking career assessments to clarify your interests, personality, skills and values.
Step 2: Evaluate Majors and Careers
- Review Academic Programs and meet with an academic advisor to learn more about a particular major.
- Take introductory courses in your major(s) of interest and speak with professors and your peers to learn more.
- Explore possible careers related to your major :
Step 3: Research Careers
- Gather information about occupations, industries and companies to assess your options:
- Reach out to professionals in your field of interest and request to job shadow or conduct an informational interview.
Step 4: Gain Experience
- Join a student or professional organization related to your area of interest.
- Get involved in activities that complement your curriculum, including volunteer work, leadership positions, and research opportunities.
- Build career-related experience by getting a part-time job with student employment or an internship.
- Participate in Events and Programs that provide opportunities to gain insight from professionals in your field of interest, including potential employers and alumni.