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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

The YouScience Aptitude Assessment helps you identify your natural abilities and offers possible career options based on your abilities and interests. Please email to receive a free access code.

When you think about your future, consider the following:

  • 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 and learn about related occupations, employers, professional associations, and skill development strategies.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook and O*Net - Gather information on different occupations, the training/education required, future job outlook, salaries, and related occupations.
  • Pursue practical experiences including job shadowing, informational interviewing, volunteering, and interning.
  • Attend career-related events such as career and internship expos, graduate school fairs, panel discussions, and workshops.

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 internships, volunteering, work, study away, and undergraduate research.
  • Develop transferable skills and build a professional network.

Contact Student Academic Support Services (SASS)

229 Main Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03435