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. You can 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.
Confirm Your Career Plans
Career Development Opportunities
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. Contact your school for additional resources for shadowing specific to your field.
Career Exploration Resources
The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) can provide career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations. The OOH can be searched 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 O*NET resource guide.
Use these two resources and click on your major to discover applicable job titles, job and internship links, and industry information links. Learn about typical career areas and types of employers that hire people with each major, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate.
The IU career guides and major guides lay out the A–Zs of each industry and major so you can thoroughly research and find the best fit. Then you can actively explore with activities like informational interviewing and job shadowing to test and to solidify your choice.
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.
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.