Are you headed
along the right path to your dream career? Like any adventure, your career
journey is certain to be much more exciting and satisfying if you have a destination
When you are focused and know your strengths and interests, you can target the
industries, organizations and positions that best match your talents and personality.
Your immediate goal should be to make the best career choices possible at this point in your life. Keep in mind, it’s only natural that your dreams and aspirations may change over time. Changing interests and personal circumstances, combined with the rapidly evolving nature of the world of work, will require you to make numerous career-related decisions throughout your lifetime.
Self-assessment requires a hard look at yourself and an honest evaluation of your strengths
and weaknesses. It is one of the most challenging pieces of the career puzzle, but also one
of the most important.
with different career fields, and knowing the responsibilities and skills required
different jobs, will help you determine options which are compatible with your
values and skills.
you know about industry and occupational trends, the better you can assess what
skills and qualifications employers are seeking, evaluate your odds of entry
and learn how to market yourself.
“Who am I?”
“What do I do best?”
“What major should I choose?”
As you begin
your college education, it’s perfectly OK not to know what you want to do later
in life. Take time now to learn as much as you can about your skills, personality,
lifestyle preferences, interests and values. This information will help you choose a major
and begin to explore the exciting world of career possibilities awaiting you!
know my major, but what can I do with it?”
“What career options do I have with my major?”
“What’s out there?”
“What can I do with a liberal arts degree?”
Continue to explore
and gather information about career fields. The best resources
are people who work in the career fields that interest you. Summer jobs, internships
volunteer activities will provide first-hand insights.
looking at several career options -- which is the best for me?”
“What do I need to do to prepare for this career?”
“How have my interests changed since my freshman year, and how will this influence
my present actions?"
Internships and summer employment will help you acquire new skills, learn more about careers and develop a network of contacts. Aim for outstanding academic performance, especially in your major. Now’s the time to go back and once again ask and
answer the questions “Who am I?” and “What do I want?”
types of jobs are available?”
“How do I find the job that’s right for me?”
“Should I go to graduate school now or later?”
Plan ahead and set reasonable
career goals for yourself. By now you are facing a transition from college to graduate school or a career position. Graduate school applications,
letters of reference and test scores must be submitted early. BruinView™ jobs, internships, and interviews will help you identify prospective employers and career positions.