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 their own 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!


At Hartwick, it’s personal. We meet students where they are and go from there.

Your first step is to meet with a Career Development team member.

Our advisors will help you address the following questions:

  • How can I figure out what most interests me?
  • 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?
  • How do I figure this all out?

Our staff will connect you with our experiential programs and our alumni network. We’ll also guide you in developing a personal action plan for career exploration and experience. Tools used include the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Self-Directed Search, What To Do With a Major In, LinkedIn, and individual and group tutorials for the resources listed below.


Before testing the waters with a job shadow, informational interview, externship, or internship, consider these resources:

O*NET provides comprehensive occupational descriptions and data.

Occupational Outlook Handbook 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.

Quint Careers offers career assessment tools, and career guides. The site is packed with up-to-date information and is use and fun to use.

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