The process of exploring careers includes self-assessment and research. For most degrees, there are many vocational options. Whether you are still in school or an alumnus, you need to understand yourself so you can evaluate careers effectively.
Research Your Options
Once you have a more clear understanding of you who you are, it’s time to explore possible career areas. Each career area you select should be evaluated by asking:
- Does this job/career align with my interests?
- Does this job/career require that I use my motivated skills on a regular basis?
- Does this job/career involve my most important values?
The more times you answer “definitely yes” to those questions, the more likely you will thrive in that situation.
Now that you have done your self-assessment, you can use those results to search through O*Net under the options below.
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(Occupations projected to grow)
(Occupations that include certain skills)
(Occupations related to interest areas)
(Occupations in the same field)
(Occupations that include specific values)
(Occupations grouped by similar business types)
Amount of education or preparation required)
(Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine)
(Related to performance)
It is best to narrow your options to about three careers of interest. From there, it might be helpful to talk to people in those professions through an Informational Interview. Use our Informational Interviews (PDF) to get started!