What do you want to do when you leave college?

Answering this career planning question is:

  • A lifelong process that will evolve and change over time
  • A four-year-long research project that involves multiple topics and tasks

Effective career planning

To prepare for success in career planning, you should:

  • Have a realistic mindset
  • Plan initially to consider a variety of possible futures
  • Prepare for changes in your interests. Career planning is an evolving, dynamic, life-long process
  • Start early! This process takes time, takes initiative and involves trial-and-error learning

Four parts in career planning

  1. Self assessment: identify your interests, skills and values
  2. Occupational research: explore fields and occupations that fit your interests
  3. Gain hands-on experience while in college through engagement programs and activities
  4. Develop job search skills so you can present yourself effectively in searches for
    • Jobs and internships
    • Fellowships or service opportunities
    • Grad school
    • Gap year experiences

The Career Center staff and programs are here to help you design a career planning process that fits your unique interests.