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Career Exploration

Career exploration requires self-assessment, researching career options and developing a plan to reach your unique career goals.

Self Assessment:

Consider the following when you explore your options and make career decisions:
* What do you value: income, freedom, creativity, life/work balance, prestige?
* What academic, career and other interests and skills do you have?
* What are your likes and dislikes?
* What classes do you enjoy the most and why?
* What do you enjoy doing outside of class?
* What type of activities bring you joy?
* What is your dream job and why?

Research and Explore:

What Can I Do With This Major? - Select a major, receive information on related occupations, employers, professional associations and skill development strategies.

Occupational Outlook Handbook and O*Net - Gather information on the nature of the work, training/education required, future job outlook, salaries and related occupations.

Pursue practical experiences including job shadowing, informational interviewing, volunteering, and/or interning.

Attend ACA-related events such as panel discussions, presentations and career and graduate school fairs.

Analyze and Decide:

Create a list of pros and cons of careers you are considering. Analyze how each career fits with your interests, skills and values.

Create a career plan to ensure you meet your career goals:
* Choose courses/major/minor related to career interests
* Create a list of skills required to be successful in a career and how to acquire them
* Get involved in clubs, activities and organizations related to career interests
* Gain practical experience through interning, volunteering, work, and undergraduate research experiences. Develop transferable skills and build a professional network.

Contact Academic and Career Advising

Academic and Career Advising Office
Elliot Center
229 Main Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03435

Upcoming Events
July 14, 2015 (Tuesday)
Keene Job & Resource Fair
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. • Colony Mill Marketplace, 222 West Street, Keene, NH 03431, United States
October 07, 2015 (Wednesday)
Keene State College Graduate School Fair - Fall 2015
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. • Alumni Center - Centennial Hall
October 26, 2015 (Monday)
Jobs That Make a Difference
4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. • Young Student Center - Mountain View Room
October 27, 2015 (Tuesday)
12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. • Rhodes Hall - Atrium