Planning your career after college can make you anxious and maybe even afraid, but it can also be one of the most exciting and enriching times of your life. When done the right way, career planning is a process that helps you learn more about who you are and who you are becoming. This self-knowledge, combined with a better understanding of the world of work, helps you make informed decisions and take action.
Put Your Personality to Work for You!
Very often, the key to a successful career is "doing what comes naturally." Are you a born scientist, salespeson or teacher? To find out more about your "type" and learn how you can apply it to choosing the right career for you, read the following descriptions and think about which group(s) you fall into:
These basic types represent a broad overview of the six basic occupational types. Most people have characteristics and interests that fall into several categories.
For example, an investigative and artistic type has interests in scientific and artistic or creative areas and might enjoy being a medical illustrator, an inventor or a language interpreter. A person with social and enterprising interests might enjoy a career in in the areas of public relations, sales, personnel or politics. The combinations are numerous and the possibilities abound!
The Final Answer
Obviously, there's much more to knowing about your style and type when choosing a career. The short quiz above is just a peek into the process, one that offers some general suggestions. If you'd like to know more about your career type, drop by Career Counseling, in Room 19 of Nassau Hall (Building M), for a free booklet called Understanding Yourself and Your Career. You may also want to make an appointment to see a career counselor.
Step One: Know Yourself and Engage in Self-Assessment
To know yourself in a professional sense, you need to identify your interests, strengths, work values and personality style.
Ask yourself the following questions:
Need Help? Make an appointment to see a career counselor, take a vocational interest
inventory (available at the Career Counseling office, Nassau Hall (Building M), Room
19) or spend time working on Focus2, a career planning software program. Check out the Focus2 web page for more details. You may also want to consider taking SPS 102, a three
credit elective course in career exploration.
Step Two: Explore the World of Work & Research Careers and Majors that Interest You. Take coursework that interests you or that's related to a career field you'd like to explore. Visit Career Counseling for more information and read up on those fields.
There's lots of helpful resources at the, including:
When reading and researching, look for the following information:
Can't get to our office?
The Career Counseling web pages contain links to a variety of websites that can help you gather information about many career fields.
Other career-related information is available at the NCC library, as well as at your local library. Talk to a reference librarian who can help you locate trade journals, magazines and professional associations about your fields of interest.
Step Three: Take Action
Be patient: Choosing a career doesn't happen magically. It's a process that occurs over time. As you learn more about yourself and the world of work, it will become easier for you to identify possible career options that are meaningful and satisfying to you.
With information, the right skills, and a bit of good luck, you can begin your career journey!
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