Figuring Yourself Out: Career Assessments

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Choosing a career is not a simple decision that you can usually make in a day. According to Forbes, about 75% of Americans have changed careers at least once, and on average 33% are currently thinking about it. So you might be thinking to yourself, where do I even start?

Forbes offers 5 steps that you can take towards discovering a career that will truly satisfy you:

  1. Take career assessments. (Try CareerBeam in connectSC under “Online Resources.”)
  2. Make a list of your options.
  3. Look for overlap.
  4. Network.
  5. Ask a mentor.

As a student, now is the perfect time for you to explore what you are interested in and what you are good at. Start by joining an on-campus organization or applying for an internship. When you are ready, ask professionals in your field of interest for informational interviews. To inspire you, The Atlantic has put together a database of informational interviews that they have conducted with professionals all over the nation.

The Career Center has many resources to help you build a stronger understanding of your interests and skills as they relate top career paths. So, what are you waiting for? Get started today!