Career Services Pyramid

  • Three-Step Process: choose a career 

    CAREER PLANNING PYRAMID 


    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.   

    Good Luck!  

    Julie Barris, career services director, careerservices@francis.edu   
    Beth McGregor, associate director, careerservices@francis.edu  

    Amy Tercek, associate director, careerservices@francis.edu

    Kelsey Livoti, graduate assistant, careerservices@francis.edu
    Melissa Stasik, student career coordinator, careerservices@francis.edu