Not sure what you’d like to do after school or what options are available to you? Working with the Career and Internship Center can help you will identify where you are in the career development process and implement strategies focused on success.
During this process students will complete the getting started questionnaire (PDF) and walk through the following stages assessing their career development:
Step 1: Reflect
You have a number of skills, interests, and values which are compatible with a variety of careers. The more you understand yourself, the more effectively you will be able to identify and evaluate career options.
Reflect on and assess skills that you've developed through courses and projects, involvement in campus organizations, internships, research, jobs, community involvement, hobbies, etc. through our skills assessment worksheet.
Build skills that will allow you to make valuable contributions to organizations and your own career development through:
- Classes, trainings, seminars, conferences, webinars, presentations, etc.
- Jobs, internships, research experience, course projects, community engagement, co-curricular activities, serving on a committee, etc.
Career advisors can help you assess what skills are needed for your career.
Connect the skills you have and enjoy using with potential career options. Complete the connection activity and explore careers.
Reflect on what tasks interested you the most during past jobs, internships, or campus activities through our interest assessment worksheet.
There are lots of ways to discover and develop your interests into a meaningful career path:
- Look for challenges outside your comfort zone
- Take courses from a variety of academic disciplines
- Identify interest themes or trends
- Gain practical career experience in your interest area
Connect the key interests you have identified with your skills, values, personality, and potential career options. Complete the connection activity and explore careers.
Determine what is most important to you in work and life and what motivates you by completing our value assessment worksheet.
Prioritize your career values and identify those that cannot be compromised.
See if your values, job tasks, and work environments align by completing the value connection activity and explore careers.
The resources below can help inspire you to translate academic majors to specific industries, job titles or functions, and employers to maximize your success!
- Explore how your major(s) can translate into different industries and fields, job titles, and employers.
- Identify how to get ahead with key courses, certifications, searches in specific industries, and graduate studies.
- Find statistics and professional associations related to target industries/professions linked to major(s).
Explore Vault.com (via Handshake) to:
- Find information on over 5,000 companies in 120+ industries and 800+ professions.
- Use the “Find a Profession” tool to explore professions based on interests, academics, and personality traits.
- View rankings and reviews of select internships and companies.
- Read up on employer, career and interviewing information via free downloadable guidebooks.
Use Spotlight on Careers to:
- Access over 30 career field profiles in liberal arts areas such as arts and communication, business, education, government, law, social services, and science and technology.
- Learn about key internships, employers, education requirements, salary estimates, and even advice from alumni of colleges across the United States.
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Visit Career Cornerstone to:
- Find out what to do with a major in biology, chemistry, and/or physics.
- See 18 areas of engineering broken down.
- See career paths, day-in-the-life, preparation, and profiles of people in the STEM industry.
Visit WeUseMath.org to:
- Explore over 40 different careers for math majors.
Developing core career competencies through active engagement, experience, or involvement in:
- Experiential learning beyond classroom
When speaking to a potential employer, you want to be able to convey your identity and goals by communicating strengths, skills, and interests.
To learn more about branding techniques see:
- How to write a resume and cover letter
- Interviewing (PDF)
- Personal statements
- Career Center workshops