Now it’s time to start doing some
career exploration. You probably already have some career interests. What
are they? How much do you know about these career fields and about specific
careers within them? Did you discover some other career interests when you took your career/interest assessments at Career Services? Make a list of all possible careers in which you might
be interested and keep your mind open toward other careers that you might
encounter in the Career Exploration process and let’s begin. Write
your list of careers in your portfolio.
Here are some ways to increase your
knowledge about potential careers:
the resources of MSU’s Career Services Network including their latest edition of "Career Passport", their online guide to all things career-related. You can make an appointment
online with a career adviser or just explore their website.
2. Go online.
There are many great sites or just use a general search engine to
look for information on a specific field.
Here are some sites worth exploring:
3. A second way to do
career exploration is to use hard copy sources such as are found in Career Services
in 113 Student Services, or any library or bookstore.
4. Take the active approach in doing your career
research. To get a realistic idea of
what a job entails, job shadow a career professional or do an informational
interview to gain more in-depth knowledge about a career area. MSU’s Career Services offers some
very helpful suggestions on Conducting Informational Interviews.
A second active method of
researching careers is to be actually involved working in the career field
in the form of internships or volunteer experience. Check with departmental advisers, attend
career fairs, and research internship opportunities. For volunteer opportunities, visit the Center for
Service-Learning and Civic Engagement in Suite 345 Student Services.
Not sure what
information you should be looking for when exploring careers?
Click here to review a checklist of questions you should ask and
knowledge you should have when starting to explore careers.
Whether you already have a major or are just in the process
of considering majors, it is important that you take an active role in
examining yourself and potential majors and careers. Your goal is not to
make a decision about a major, it is to make an informed decision about
your undergraduate major and careers that may ensue from this choice.