Are you choosing a college major for the first time? Or are you thinking about changing your major or career? Do you wonder which majors and careers match? Do you know how to enter the career of your dreams?
Career decisions don't happen instantly...they evolve through a process, and everyone goes through these stages at a different pace. Workers change change jobs and careers many times, so you will use this career development process throughout your working life.
Career Services can help you develop a plan to explore options and reach your career goals. Make an appointment to try career counseling today!
Career Planning Process
Identify and clarify interests:
What do you do for fun? What do you enjoy reading, studying, learning more about? What activities make "time fly" for you?
Identify and clarify personality characteristics:
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Are you a "people" person? Or do you work best with PC's? Are you tolerant or impatient? Are you a leader or a follower?
Clarify work values and identify skills & abilities:
Do you value weekends in the mountains? Or do you hope to earn BIG MONEY? What are you good at doing? What do your grades show about your academic abilities?
Learn how majors match careers.
Numerous career paths exist within a given career field: An accountant can work in a large accounting firm, have his/her own business, or be an accountant in a business not related to accounting at all. You have many choices!
Make A "Major" Decision!
Remember that no career can possibly fit ALL your needs, so choose those which meet your most important needs or which allow you the flexibility to meet your needs outside the workplace.
Develop a strategy that fits your personal career plan. Sometimes students get "stuck" on this step, so meeting with a Career Services professional may help resolve decision issues.
How to Get Assistance
- Schedule an individual appointment with a career counselor.
- Attend Career Fitness Fair, TechExpo & class presentations.
- Use MCIS, a free, Internet-based guidance resource.
- Visit the office to browse career resources.
- Check career inventories and fees.
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