Career exploration requires self-assessment, researching career options and developing a plan to reach your unique career goals.
The YouScience Aptitude Assessment helps you identify your natural abilities and offers possible career options based on your abilities and interests. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an 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, 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.