Choosing a Major

1.     Self Assessment: Interests, Personality

2.     Self Assessment: Personal & Workplace Values

3.     Self Assessment: Current Skills & Abilities

4.     Career Exploration

5.     Reality Check: Check Interests, Personality, Values, & Skills against career choice(s)—does this major fit you? Does it fit your needs and values? If so, what is the correct path, what are the educational requirements for this career?

Developing A Vision For Your Career

Short Term Goals & Planning

1.     Analyze your lifestyle—what makes you happy? What would you like to change? How does this match with your careerpath?

2.     What do you like and dislikes in activities, things you like to do? Can give insight into workplace environment and tasks.

3.     What are your passsions? What is it that you value? Are there things that you would like to address? (solve a problem, help people, etc)

4.     What are your strengths and weaknesses?

5.     Define Success! What will make you successful? At the end of the day, what will make you happy? (money, helping people, influence on others, make a difference in the world, etc)

6.     What is your personality? How does this match with possible careerpaths?

7.     Write out and describe your dream job. Write a job description of your ideal job. Analyze what you put in the job description—what did you put in the job description and why?

8.     Assess your current situation. More than likely, you need to do some work to get you from your current situation to your dream job. It is important to know your starting point, and where you need to go

Career Planning Steps

1.     Figure out what your next step is. Narrow career choices down to 1 or 2, if possible.

2.     Do detailed career research—make a list of questions, and answer them by doing research. Chances are you will develop more questions as you research more. This is fine, you may find those answers too. The more information you have, the better!

3.     Figure out what your next step is! Get help on this by looking at job ads, conducting informational interviews, and doing more research.

4.     How close are you to achieving your career goals or dream job? Compare your current situation with the research from step #3.

5.     Develop a plan to get to your dream job. After researching job, and finding out what you need to do to get to your dream job, develop a plan of how to get there.

Long Term Goals & Planning

1.     Is usually a timeline of a minimum of 5 years.

2.     What is the outlook of your career? Is the job market shrinking or growing? Is your dream job being outsourced or offshored? How easily is your job automated? If it can be automated, this may be a clue that the job market in this particular profession may shrink in the future.


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