Career development is an exciting process. Your career development path is a progression made up of your college experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom, which enable you to decide who you are, who you want to be, and what career of choice best suits your personal needs. Everyone’s path is individual and unique. There is no “right or wrong” because career development is a life-long learning process.
Step 1: Self-Assessment
Self-assessment is the first step in the process. This involves identifying your 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 your 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 you to job shadow, 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. This can include preparation for a job interview or completing applications to graduate school. This process involves practicing interviewing, networking, revising resumes, and writing cover letters.
It is not uncommon to feel uncertain about any or all of the steps described above. The Career Center career and internship advising team is here to support you 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 virtual drop-in advising services from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday on the Brazen platform.