It is important you learn all you can about a career or occupation before you pursue it. Research various majors, careers, and occupations online and through books before you make a decision about your career path. It is important to understand the difference between careers, occupations, and industries. Knowing the level of education required for your desired occupation is important.
One of the best ways to learn more about a career is speaking with someone in that field or occupation. Connect, network, and discuss your career choices and plans with professionals and alumni. You can get advice from professionals in the field by conducting an informational interview. Learn about companies or specific positions by attending a career fair. Schedule an appointment with a career counselor. Faculty members and academic advisors can also be helpful.
Getting involved and gaining experience in the occupation that interests you is an important step. It can help you determine whether or not you are on the right path. Experience in any form is valuable. Get involved in an RSO. Volunteer in your community. Work on campus. Get an internship.
Decide. Act. Reflect.
Decide: When deciding on a career or occupation, it’s important for you to weigh the pros and cons, then make a decision. Determine and consider if your career choice fits well with your interests, skills, values and preferences.
Act: After careful thought and consideration, take action on your decision.
Reflect: Take the time to evaluate your choice. Be sure to review your initial goals and determine what has or has not yet been accomplished.
The Career Center can provide guidance as you make career decisions. We are available to help you understand your interests, skills, values and how to connect those to potential majors or careers.