Choosing a career path is an important part of your life - and it may not be an easy decision. It's okay to be sure unsure what you want to do. Below are some helpful tips on how to explore career options that may be a great fit for you.
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Don't know which careers to explore? A career interest survey is a great way to begin. It helps you see how your interests, skills or values fit with potential careers.
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Participating in volunteer work is a great way to explore career options and gain experience in your major area of study while helping your community. There are many opportunities for college students (and graduates) to gain work experience. A volunteer job can provide you with the opportunity to put into practice the theories you have learned in school while providing valuable community service. The trick is to match your interests to a volunteer work position. Examples:
Interested in marketing? Gain experience by helping to promote a blood drive.
Want to work in tech? Practice programming skills by building a website for a non-profit.
Interested in urban planning or construction? Volunteer to help build a house for a charitable cause.
Setting up a time to "shadow" a professional is a great way to learn more about the field and to experience working life. So what's the best way to go about becoming a job shadow?
Sometimes, you can set up shadowing experiences on your own, with family, friends, or acquaintances -- or by contacting a company or organization that you know offers the sort of experience you're seeking. But generally, it's best to work through Career Development & Education, where Career Coaches can provide guidance and opportunities. Husky Landing and LinkedIn are excellent places to start locating contacts.