It’s ok if you’re not sure what you want to do when you graduate. Occupations are constantly evolving, as are the needs of employers. Knowing how your overall skills and qualifications can add value to an organization will help you not only in securing your first job, but also in staying relevant and advancing as a professional. Self-reflection is a crucial part of making career decisions.

Self-Reflection Questions

  • What kind of work do I want to do based on my interests, abilities, values, and personality? What kind of challenges energize me?
  • Am I prepared? How will my skills and qualifications add value to that occupation/organization?
  • Are the requirements of this occupation reasonable to me?
  • Where are the employment opportunities?

The process of exploring careers can begin with online research or by talking with professionals in your field(s) of interest. Gathering information and then experiencing the work as a volunteer, intern, or part-time employee are among the most effective ways to learn about a career.

Our Career Consultants are trained to help you decide what type of career you’d like to pursue, and help you find experience. Make an appointment to meet with one of our consulting staff through Handshake today to get started!

Resources

  • Candid Career has brief videos of professionals from thousands of occupations talking about their careers.
  • O*Net OnLine is a database of hundreds of occupations described in terms of daily tasks, knowledge required, and qualifications and interests of the typical worker.
  • My Next Move is an interactive tool for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options. The site has tasks, skills, salary information, and more for over 900 different careers.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook is a collection of occupational profiles that cover the tasks of a job, its work environment, the steps for landing the job, and the job’s projected outlook.
  • CareerBeam is a virtual tool to help you identify careers that may be of interest based on your preferences.