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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

Step 3: Research Careers

  • Gather information about occupations, industries and companies to assess your options:
    • O*NET Online: Provides comprehensive information on industries and specific occupations.
    • Occupational Outlook Handbook: Features profiles for various occupations compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    • Glassdoor: Contains company information and employee reviews.
  • 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.