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.
Step 1: Self-Assessment
Self-assessment is the first step in the process. This involves a student identifying their values, interests, skills and personality.
Step 2: Exploration
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”).
Step 3: Reality Testing
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.
Step 4: Implementation
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.
It is not uncommon for students to feel uncertain about any or all of the steps described above. The Career Center team is here to support students in every step of the way: one-on-one appointments with career and internship advisers are available 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, and are scheduled using the scheduling tool in connectSC. We also offer drop-in advising services from 11:30 am – 3:30 pm Monday through Friday in the Career Center (Student Union Suite 110).