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Career Decision Making

Assess Self.
  • Who are you? What do you like to do? Take a career assessment in the Major & Career Exploration Center to find out more about how your interests, values, personality and skills match with majors and occupations. A career assessment can introduce you to various options you may not have known or thought about before.
Explore your options.
  • What world do you want to work in? What career(s) have you explored that best meets these needs? At this point, it is most beneficial to research multiple, different occupations to find the best fit. Also, view our What I Can I Do with this Major resource.
Evaluate fit.
  • How will you know if this is for you? Analyze what you have learned about yourself and possible career options. The more you know about yourself and your options, the better informed your decision will be. At this point, experimentation and taking your research to a higher level will be important as you actively “try on” potential occupations.  Talk to professionals in the field, visit with professors in the subject areas you are interested in, and talk to people you know about job shadowing.
Take Action.
  • What to do next? Change your major if applicable. Update your resume and be ready to jump into the job search. Use campus resources and Career Services to help you with cover letters, resume writing, job search strategies, interviewing skills and more. Gain work experience and make connections through organizations and volunteering. Activate, build and use your Handshake profile.