Exploring Careers

Finding a career path is easy for some people, while for others is can be very challenging. Everyone goes about the process differently and makes their own choices for a variety of reasons. There is no one right way, and more than one major can lead to the same career. It's important to remember that it is okay to not know what you want to do, and it's okay to take your time to find out your interests, values, and skills. Most people change jobs and careers an average of eight to 10 times in their lifetime!

Meet with a Career Advisor
An advisor will help you address the following questions:

  • How can I figure out what I'm most interested in?
  • What types of careers are out there?
  • How can I get information about the careers I have in mind?
  • What can I do with my major?
  • How can I make sure a career direction is the right fit for me?

Exploring Resources
Job Shadowing and Link Experiences
Informational Interviewing
Get an Internship
Get a part-time or summer job in your field
Volunteer
Join a student group that relates to your area of interest

Majors Connected with Careers
Online Alumni Directory - The Wall
Majors, Minors, Programs, and Department Websites

Resources with Career Descriptions
O*NET provides comprehensive occupational descriptions and data.

Occupational Outlook Handbook (link) - search hundreds of different types of jobs and learn the training and education needed, earnings, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job and working conditions

Spotlight on Careers is sponsored by the Liberal Arts Career Network.

Career Stories provides advice from hundreds of people working in real jobs.