The first thing that college students should know is that it is normal and perfectly ok to not know exactly what career you want when you enter college. It is normal to take some time in college to explore potential careers and even take some time to learn what you DON'T want to do. There are many possibilities, yet it is important to start from knowledge about your skills, values, and interests when exploring career options.
The Career Engagement Center is here to help you with the process. Your first steps should be to:
- take the Strong Interest Inventory to help give you some direction in your search and begin thinking about some of your skills, values and motivations.
- start mapping our your next few years with our Four Year Checklist
- start familiarizing yourself with some of our online resources. Especially the What Can I Do With This Major? site
- set up an individual appointment
- start working on a draft of your resume so you can identify your skills and what areas need more attention
Once you have started that personal reflection you can then move on to more hands on learning about different career options through programs such as:
If you are looking for some online resources to learn about a variety of career options, check out our recommended online career explorations resources.