We can help you find a career that is meaningful to you, and help you choose the major and classes to position you for a successful future in that career path. The first step in finding your dream job is self-reflection.
Career Exploration Appointments
Make an appointment to meet with our Career Services staff to discuss your goals and possible career plans. Contact us at 630-844-5403 or email@example.com to schedule a time.
Some questions to think about are:
- What high school classes did I enjoy? Do well in?
- What are my interests? What do I like to do?
- What are my skills? What am I good at?
- What do I value? What's important to me?
What can I do with this major?
Click here to learn typical career areas and types of employers that hire in these fields, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate.
Assessment tests can assist you in developing a bigger picture of interests, likes and preferences. After you’ve taken the assessments, you can make an appointment with Career Services to go over the results in more detail. Here are a few favorites:
- Focus 2 is a career and education planning system for college students. Access Code: Spartan
- Humanmetrics is a personality test to help discover talents and preferences. It is based on the work of several leaders in psychology: Carl Jung, Katharine Cook Briggs, and Isabel Briggs Myers. This assessment is referred to as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). At the end of the assessment you will be given a four-letter code and a brief explanation of what that code represents.
- Holland Interest Inventory was created by John Holland based on the belief that our profession is an expression of our personality and likes. This link will take you to the California Career Zone. From the home page click on "Begin Assessment" then "Interest Profiler." After taking the assessment you will be given a three-letter code and a list of occupations that correspond to that code.
- Celebrity MBTI - Just for fun take a look at the Myers-Briggs codes for various celebrities.
- 16 Personalities - A personality test of who you are and why you do things the way you do.
The United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics annually publishes the Occupational Outlook Handbook. This is a great resource for job information, including description of tasks and responsibilities, education and training required, job forecasts, salary ranges and additional resources.