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Exploring Careers

Understanding what interests you and what you are good at will form the basis for identifying a career that will provide satisfaction in your first job—and beyond, as your interests and skills develop over the years. Your career goals are likely to change many times throughout your life. Developing an initial focus will help you narrow your options and target appropriate employers or educational paths. Just remember that you may change your mind as you learn more about yourself, jobs, and employers.

The following set of pages organizes the key aspects of your career decision-making in these areas so that you can go about it in a manageable and sequential way. Take some time to browse through all of them, and you'll have a good sense of what the whole process will involve.

Understand Yourself

Developing career goals requires two basic types of information: knowledge about yourself and information about career options which are compatible with your interests, values, and skills.

Clarify Interests

Further explore your work interests or preferences by remembering what courses you've enjoyed and careers you've considered.

Assess Values

Determine which of your values, or personal attitudes which influence your decisions and actions, are important to you in terms of job satisfaction.

Determine Skills

Evaluate what skills you currently possess or want to develop. Skills come from a variety of work, academic, and life experiences.

Develop Preliminary Goals

Summarize the results of your self-assessment in a prioritized list or statement to serve as a reference as you begin to identify and research employers.