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Career Services Pyramid
Three-Step Process: choose a career
CAREER PLANNING PYRAMID
Disclaimer: The following three-step process is fairly simple, but it will take some time and energy to follow-through and plan your future.
Step One: Self-Assessment (take a look at your interests, values, personality and abilities). Check out www.keirsey.com for an on-line assessment. For more in-depth self-awareness activities and "tests" attend one of our scheduled workshops or schedule an individual appointment with Career Services. We can get you on track!
Step Two: Career Exploration (research careers/occupations/majors that meet your interests, values, personality and abilities). Check out www.careers.msn.com. (learn about various careers), www.onetcenter.org (various career resource/information linked to this site).
Other career gathering tips: (career researching is on-going) *Talk to someone (friend, relative, alumnus) in the occupation in which you're interested. Prepare a list of questions. Meet with a professor in the major. *Job Shadow a professional for a couple of hours or half-day. Observe, interact and inquire. *Volunteer in the field to "experience" what the environment and occupation is like.
Step Three: Action Plan (state your goals, choose a major) *Once you've selected a career (occupation) work with career services to select a major that best fits your goal. *Finalize your educational plans. Does your field of interest required a master's or professional degree? Certification? *Set goals on how you're going to obtain hands-on related experience (volunteering, interning, working in the summer, etc.). *Job Shadow a professional for a couple of hours or half-day. Observe, interact and inquire. *Volunteer in the field to "experience: what the environment and occupation is like.
The career exploration and information gathering step continues. Remember to volunteer, intern, obtain a summer position related to your field of interest. Get involved with a club or organization - build your leadership skills.
Julie Barris, career services director, email@example.com Beth McGregor, associate director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Tercek, associate director, email@example.com
Kelsey Livoti, graduate assistant, firstname.lastname@example.orgMelissa Stasik, student career coordinator, email@example.com