Career planning and decision-making 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 research, using career library resources to find out about 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 practice interviewing, networking and revising resumes and cover letters.
It is not uncommon for students to feel uncertain about any or all of the steps described above. The Career Center career counseling 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 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.