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Career Exploration

Understand Yourself, Explore Options, and Take Action

Understanding what interests you and what you are good at will help you find job satisfaction in your first position—and beyond, as your interests and skills develop over the years. Your career goals are likely to change many times throughout your life. Developing an initial focus will help you narrow your options and target appropriate employers or educational paths. It’s okay if you change your mind as you discover more about yourself, jobs, and employers—this is a learning experience!
Explore our site to learn about the key aspects of your career decision-making so you can approach it in a manageable and sequential way. Our Canvas Course has a Self-Assessment and an Exploration module with many activities and worksheets to help you explore your interests, values, and skills. Recordings of Career Exploration workshops can be found in the Media Library.