Tip Tuesday: Career Exploration

Decisions, decisions, decisions!

When it comes to career exploration, there are many things to take into account when deciding on what industry to focus on. Maybe you’re looking to learn more about an area that interests you, or dive into information about new fields that you’re unfamiliar with? Take some time now to discover your interests and gather information about different occupational areas. It will pay off in the future!

Whether you’re still deciding on a major, or trying to narrow down a specific area of your desired field, Career Services offers a variety of resources to assist you with your exploration.

  • Career Exploration
    The Career Exploration tab on our website has links to both an “In-Depth Industry & Profession Exploration” page as well as information on “What Can I Do with this Major?” Both of these pages offer a wealth of resources broken down by industry area or academic major and also connect you to the Occupational Outlook Handbook  which a comprehensive source for career information.
  • Assessments
    There are two assessments offered by our office to assist you with exploring your personality and interests and how these can relate to career choices. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory are both free to students (there is a cost associated for alumni) and after coming in to meet with an advisor we can help you decide which assessment may be best to fit your needs.
  • VAULT Industry Research
    Use this resource to research different industries and career paths. You can access VAULT through logging into SpiderConnect, the link is located under “shortcuts” on the right side of the homepage.
  • Programs
    Career Services offers a variety of programs for you to explore different careers and make informed decisions about your own career path. Visit our Industry Expos to meet employers within specific fields and learn about opportunities, Spider Road Trips will allow you to meet professionals and visit organizations in major metropolitan areas, and some career specific programs like Is Big 4 For You? will provide a look into a particular area of an industry.

No matter where you may be at in your own exploration, make an appointment with a career advisor today to discuss your potential career plans and learn about what resources would be best to assist you. Call our office at (804) 289-8547 to make an appointment today!

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