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Career Exploration

Finding the pathway that fits you best begins with growing in self-awareness:

  • How do your values, interests, personality, skills, strengths and life experiences influence your personal definition of meaningful work?
  • Which major and career options might help you contribute your gifts to our world?
  • Where am I in the career development process? What is coming next for me?
  • Which paths will help you find work that is meaningful to you – work that sustains and fuels you – and that aligns with your who you are, your needs, and your situation?

Taking the first steps to find your path

 

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What Can I Do With This Major?

Whether you’re exploring majors or searching for information about your chosen field, this website will help you connect majors to careers. Learn about typical career areas and types of employers that hire people with each major, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate.

 

 

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O*NET Online

Find detailed information about occupations from the Department of Labor. Use the career areas from What Can I Do With This Major? (see resource above) as keyword search terms.

 

Career Assessments

If you feel overwhelmed by all the options available, or need support in discovering what you love to do and how your interests align with who you are and your goals, consider an individual career coaching appointment. Coaches can help determine if an assessment might be helpful, or if there are other approaches that will be more powerful in clarifying your goals and interests.

Assessments offered (all free of charge to students) include (view descriptions here):

  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
  • Strong Interest Inventory
  • StrengthsQuest
  • Values card sort
  • Skills card sort

Additional Career Exploration Links

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook This site from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics has up to date information on hundreds of occupations.
  • Spotlight on Careers Explore a range of careers that often appeal to liberal arts students. Once on the site, you will need to log in:
    Username: spotlightkey   Password: lacn18
  • Career One Stop This site offers information for career exploration along with a variety of additional resources to help you prepare for a career.
  • CAREERwise  A Minnesota State Colleges and Universities career and education resource.