Career Exploration

The best careers are those with purpose, where you can combine your values, strengths, and skills to impact something you care about. How do you discover your purpose? By exploring — yourself! Identify the things you value and love to do; then, you can find a career to put those values and skills to work.

You can use different strategies to explore your skills and strengths and how you might apply them to a career.

Reflection: Our career journey begins with knowing ourselves. Once you get some insight into yourself, then you have a clear starting point. You only need one for the journey to begin!

Research industries online: There are many job roles you can find across industries. In the Labor Market Insights, you can discover which industries are in demand, have the largest employment, are experiencing declining employment, pay the most, and more. Sharpen your job search or career planning by learning where industry growth and decline are occurring.

Gain Experience: There are various opportunities to explore a job role, industry, or organization by shadowing a professional in the field, requesting an informational interview, or applying for a part-time job or internship. Understanding the day-to-day and experiencing employer culture first-hand is an invaluable way to make more informed decisions.

Everyone Says “Follow Your Passion”​ – Here’s How to Actually Do It

Working with career changers, I’m struck by how little milage these job seekers get out of conventional wisdom:

Because even though these maxims look sharp on a motivational poster, they ignore some pretty basic issues:

What if I don’t know …

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How to Make Career Decision: Flip the Script

Three of the most important decisions young adults will make involve their major, their college, and their career. How should students make those decisions and, more importantly, in what order? Some students may pick the college they’d like to attend …

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The Power of Two: Knowing Yourself is the Beginning of all Wisdom

Knowing Yourself is the Beginning of all Wisdom

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. In prior blogs, we’ve talked about the importance of grounding your career planning on reflecting what has already driven you and engaging in self-exploration to …

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Resources

Career Coach

Career Coach is a web-based service that helps you identify your strengths, explore in-demand careers , and find the right program …

Designing Your Dream Career

Illustration by Marian Blair

In this free paced, four-part email course, you’ll learn to:

Identify the skills you need to …
Making Better Career Decisions

Various assessments, questionnaires, and resources to help in your career exploration

Labor Market InsightsIn partnership withEmsi logo

Explore occupations by career categories and pathways and use real time labor market data to power your decision making.

First, choose an industry of interest, then filter for occupation. (If you'd like to see data for a specific location only, filter by state.)

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