Families - Career Development Process
Career planning and decision-making is a process that helps the undecided student choose a major, and also provides a ‘plan of action’ for those who have already chosen a major. Career and Internship Advisors are available to help your students each step of the way.
Self-assessment is the first step in the process. This involves a student identifying their values, interests, skills and personality. (See the FAQ for a description of assessment tools.)
The second step is Exploration, which involves research, using career library resources to find out about jobs of interest, and then starting to build a network of people to talk with about those jobs (“Information Interviewing”).
The next step is Reality Testing where students can job shadow, find an internship or volunteer position to “test the waters.” They continue to do Information Interviewing.
The last step in the process is Implementation, where they prepare for the job interview or complete applications to graduate school. This process involves practice interviewing, networking and revising their resume and cover letter.
If a new graduate decides to change direction, they can access our services at no cost for one year. Beyond that, we provide a full range of services for alumni.
The Explore@4 series is a fantastic, new career program that connects students with top professionals/USC Alumni in various career fields in an interactive, intimate setting.