Tools to Explore Careers

CAREER EXPLORATION

When asked to describe college life students often account for the stress, hard work, and late nights they experience. However, many do not characterize their college experience by work spent exploring career options, gaining experience, or learning about job opportunities. Most students have faith that their college degree will lead to "a good job", but far too few work to determine what that job will be. Unfortunately, a great number of students work hard at school, but they reach graduation unprepared and desperate for career guidance as they face the world of work.

Don't let this happen to you! Although it is never too late to start planning your career, it is ideal to begin thinking about what you want to do after graduation as soon as you begin college. Why? Because career planning is a process that requires your time and effort.

  • Step 1: Get to know yourself. Your interests, values and abilities play a distinct role in determining career goals.
  • Step 2: Explore the world of work. Find out what people do in different occupations and get job market and salary information.
  • Step 3: Match who you are with occupations. Make decisions and set career goals.
  • Step 4: Plan your education. Decide on undergraduate coursework. Find out how much education is required to reach your career goals and plan for graduate study.
  • Step 5: Get some career related experience. Build your resume as well as find out what you like / dislike about various careers.
  • Step 6: Prepare for your job or graduate school search. Write resumes, learn interviewing skills, and select / apply to graduate schools.

Choosing a career field and a major often go hand in hand. As you begin your career planning, evaluate your choice to become a psychology major, as well as your choice of minor. You may have heard that a Psychology major will prepare you for a variety of different fields. While this is true, it also means you need to think seriously about which professions you are interested in. This will allow you to tailor your coursework, career related experience, and plans for graduate study to securing the specific job that you want.

CAREER EXPLORATION TOOLS

Student Engagement & Career Development
Student Engagement & Career Development supports students as they engage in experiences that expand their capacity make an impact on authentic challenges facing businesses and communities and to lead, to develop in-demand employable skills within and beyond the classroom and to design and implement a career plan aligned with personal strengths and values, for a lifetime of opportunity and well-being. They can help with choosing a major / career, interviewing and resume skills, and finding jobs and internships. They also regularly offer various career fairs and events to help students find the right major / career.

    Investigating a Career
    What things do you need to find out about a career to determine if it is right for you?

    Informational Interviews
    Interviewing for information can be a critical part of your job search preparation. As you investigate potential careers, it is important to go beyond what is in print and talk to individuals actually employed in the positions you are interested in. They often have information you cannot obtain elsewhere and can be valuable contacts for your future job search.

    DISCOVER
    At many points throughout your life you will be faced with making career decisions. You may be beginning college, conducting a job search or making a career change. A systematic approach will greatly improve your ability to make well-informed decisions. New technology has dramatically enhanced the field of career planning. It is now possible to plan your education and career from the convenience of a computer terminal.

    CareerThoughts.com
    The site is dedicated to helping students identify career opportunities that match their interests and abilities.

    Career Tests
    If you are undecided about your choice of major or career, these career tests may be helpful to you: