Career Development Process

Career Development Process

Career planning is a process that helps students choose or change a major, and also provides a “plan of action” for students who have 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

Exploration is the second step and involves conducting research such as, using career library resources to find out about their careers of interest. Informational interviews are a great way to start building your network of people in jobs and industries you desire.

Step 3: Reality Testing

Reality testing is the third step and provides an opportunity for students to job shadow or find an internship or volunteer position to “test the waters.” It is also an opportunity to conduct more informational interviews with professionals at work.

Step 4: Implementation

Implementation is the last step in the process. Students prepare for the job interview or complete applications to graduate school. This process involves practicing interviewing, networking, revising resumes, and writing cover letters.

It is not uncommon for students to feel uncertain about any or all of the steps described above.  The Career Center career and internship advising team is here to support students every step of the way. Simply schedule a one-on-one appointment using the scheduling tool in connectSC located under the “Advising & Calendar” tab. Monday through Friday from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. We also offer drop-in advising services from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday in Student Union Suite 110.