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Interests

Finding a career that aligns with your interests will result in greater career satisfaction.  Consider taking the EPICS Interest Explorer to learn more about your interests and connect them to majors at Illinois, check out how your interests connect to careers on O*Net, or schedule an appointment to learn more about ways to explore and prioritize your interests.  

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Skills

Choosing a career path that allows you to use your skills (or competencies) will likely result in greater success. You do not need to have a confirmed career goal or even a major to begin identifying and building transferrable skills. These are skills you can learn in one setting, but utilize in multiple settings, such as communication, leadership, teamwork, technical, and interpersonal skills.

Identifying the skills you have, the skills you enjoy using, and the skills you want to build are all important in preparation for career success. Consider taking the EPICS Competency Builder to identify ways to build key transferrable skills throughout your Illinois experience, check out how skills connect to specific careers on O*Net, or schedule an appointment to talk to a career counselor about ways to identify and develop career-related skills.

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Values

Your values are the things that bring purpose, meaning and passion to your life. Identifying your values can help you feel more connected and committed to a major or career.  Find careers that match your broad work values on O*Net or schedule an appointment to talk to a career counselor about how your values impact your career decisions.

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