Choosing a career can be one of the hardest and most overwhelming things you will ever have to do. Have no fear, you are not alone! The best way to help you better understand what is out there is to try jobs on for size! You can do this by volunteering, internships, informational interviewing, and a variety of other resources.
Informational Interviewing is a great way to gather first‐hand information, advice, and contacts, beyond what you can learn online. It is well worth the time and effort, can be fun, and has several purposes. There are many ways to identify people who work in the field you are interested in. Talk to faculty, friends, alumni and the Career Center! LinkedIn is another great way to find people in your field. Check out our networking page!
Explore careers by using the tools below:
What Can I Do With This Major is a great tool that will give you ideas about what is out there in your major or other fields you may have interest in. At the bottom of each major you will see a link to Occupational Outlook: Look up the outlook for the Probation Officer Jobs or Systems Analyst Jobs. You can learn a lot about an occupation by reading position descriptions too!
My Plan is also a great resource for occupational information. Check out occupational videos (describing education needed, skills and job environment), assessments with links to what careers match your values, and so much more! Tests on this site are not free. For free assessments please go to Assessments.
The Bureau for Labor Statistics has a wealth of information to include occupation descriptions, sector growth, median pay, level of education needed, similar occupations, work environment and much more!