"Who am I? Where am I going? How do I get there?" Career exploration is all about answering these questions. Choosing a career is a multi-step process. It involves learning more about yourself and the occupations you are considering in order to make an informed decision. Self-awareness of interests, strengths, values, skills, personality and decision-making style will come in handy when making your choice.
Need help figuring out what area of study best suits your needs? Check out the step by step guide below that can help you pick a satisfying program of study that aligns with your skills, interests and values.
1. Explore Career Options
2. Research Careers and Educational Programs
3. Select a Program of Study
A CandidCareers Video
Assessments that assess interests, skills, strengths, values, and personality can help you answer the question "Who am I?". You can take one or more of the assessments below before scheduling a meeting with a Career Specialist to discuss your results. Don't worry, if you'd rather talk to us first. Feel free to make an appointment. In the meantime, get some career choice tips from this CandidCareers video.
Career Exploration 101
Once you have answered the "Who am I?" question, it's time to start with "Where am I going?" Time to research careers! Aspects of a career that you will want to consider before making a decision include, but are not limited to, daily tasks, typical hours, environment, salary, education/training necessary, whether there is demand for that career, and of course, whether it fits with your interests, skills, strengths and values. So how do you research careers? Below are some links to resources to help you.
In addition to researching online, informational interviewing and job shadowing are also great options for finding out about careers. Below are some links that will help you.
How to do an Informational Interview
Volunteer Experiences Can Help You Decide
Compare and Contrast the Careers You Are Considering
Researching careers can definitely cause information overload. Use the chart below to help you keep track of what you like and dislike about each of the careers that you are considering. You might be surprised at how much seeing this information on paper (or your computer) can help you make a decision.
You've done your career research and you've narrowed it down. You have a goal in mind. But how, exactly, will you reach that goal? You might have a gap in education or training for the career or careers that you are considering. Now is the time to plan how you will gain the skills you need to be competitive in the job market. We know you are busy and "life happens." Talk to us about what resources you might need to complete a program. Perhaps you need financial assistance and aren't sure how to go about getting it. Maybe you foresee childcare obstacles. You could be worried about academics after not being in school for several years. We are here to support you, connect you to resources, and help you develop and reach your goals as much as we can.
Setting Your Goals
Overcoming Obstacles in Your Plan
It can be very helpful to talk to a career professional while making a career choice.
To make an individual appointment with a Career Specialist, please call 262-695-7848.
We also offer a workshop called "Career Exploration: Discover Your Dream". In it, you will complete assessments to explore your values, skills, and interests for researching potential careers. Click on the workshop calendar link below for the schedule.