Academic and Career Development offers you an array of resources. If you need a little nudge to get going, consider enrolling in a career exploration class. Begin with occupational information to learn more about careers you might enjoy. Attend events that let you connect with professionals to talk about your options. Shadow people in careers of interest, and confirm your career plans by gaining experience.
- Occupational Information
The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) can provide career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations. Search using key words, occupational areas, and many other criteria. This is essential knowledge as you consider and compare careers.
O*NET offers in-depth information on occupations, with a focus on the knowledge, skills and abilities needed for various positions. O*Net lets you search careers by a variety of criteria, including preferred interests. Learn about required skills, educational preparation, and other relevant information for many occupations. Organize your research with the ONET resource guide.
- Career Connection Courses
Many students struggle with major and career decisions. Some students benefit from a structured class setting to figure it out. UCOL-U 210 Career Connections is a 1 credit hour course designed to assist you in the major and career exploration process.
- Candid Career
Whether you are just beginning to explore major and career options, preparing for a job interview, or looking to change careers, Candid Career can help.
- Informational Interviews
When you hear from people who work in the field you are considering, you will get a clearer view of the work you would be doing every day. It might be a great fit. If so, you have made a future professional connection! If not, you can pursue other academic and career options you will find more satisfying.
An informational interview is a brief, business-like conversation with someone willing to give you insights about their professional life. Use the videos on Candid Career and our informational interview tip sheet to guide the process. Reflect on what you learned during an appointment with a career consultant!
- Job Shadowing
As you speak with professionals and grow your network, try to get an insider's view by job shadowing. See the environment and work culture for yourself, and determine the skills and abilities you will need to be successful in a particular industry. Contact area employers to request a shadowing experience. Employers frequently visit IUPUI for information sessions or recruiting events, and they are usually happy to help. Networking sites such as LinkedIn can help you connect to professionals as well.
Career professionals at IUPUI are distributed throughout our various schools and programs. Contact your school for additional resources for shadowing specific to your field.
For Employment and Other Experience
Confirm your career plans with experience. If it’s not your thing, don’t you want to find out now? Job shadowing is a great way to begin, and your professional contacts can offer ideas.
Part-time, relevant work experience allows you to research possible careers, grow skills and experience, build networking connections, and even earn a paycheck. The Office of Student Employment provides a variety of resources to help you locate the right position.
Outside a typical work setting, career exposure can come in many forms. You may gain experience through community service, a volunteer position, or leadership with a student group. Build additional skills with faculty-led research projects or free IT classes. Take advantage of the variety of experiences IUPUI offers to confirm your career plans and grow your resume.
As you enter your degree-granting school, continue to pursue relevant work and internship opportunities to solidify your career plans and to gain marketable skills for future employment!