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A Step-by-Step Career Planning Method

Self Assessment: Take an inventory

  • Take time to examine your interests, abilities, values and personality characteristics.
  • Take the Strong Interest Inventory to explore your interests and see how you compare to people in different professions and college majors. Contact Career Services to get your password.
  • Take the MBTI to explore your personality traits and find out what careers might fit your personality preferences. Contact Career Services to get your password.
  • Take the Discover online career assessment and exploration tool
Track Down Information

  • Gather factual data from web sites and printed material.
  • Get career ideas from your Holland Code from the Strong Interest Inventory
  • Get career ideas from your MBTI personality type
  • Explore web sites on what you can do with different majors
  • Explore web sites that describe career specific information
  • Talk to professionals in the field you are exploring to get opinion and advice
  • Get practical experience through volunteer, part-time or summer jobs
Analyze and Evaluate Information

  • Narrow your options down to your top 3-5 choices
  • Weigh the pros and cons of each choice
  • Think long term and look for multiple paths to the same career
Reach a Decision

  • Make a decision and choose backup options
Take Action

  • Develop your action plan and implement short term goals

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