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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?

Current students can login to FOCUS2 - a career, major and education planning system.

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
603-358-2500
Elliot Center
229 Main Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03435

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Monday—Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

ACA is located in Elliot Center, on the first floor.

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