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
IUPUI On-Campus Exploration Resources
Confirm your career plans with experience right here on campus. Here are five ways to get connected to experiences at IUPUI:
- Part-Time Work Experience. A job on or off campus 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, including individual appointments and resume checks. You can also visit JagJobs to start your part-time job search.
- Service Learning. Outside a typical work setting, career exposure can come in many forms. You may gain experience through community service or a volunteer position. Visit the Center for Service Learning to find out what opportunities are available to you.
- Undergraduate Research. Working on a faculty-led research project will allow you to confirm your career plans and to grow your resume. For more information, connect with the IUPUI RISE office and the Center for Research and Learning (CRL).
- Get Internship Experience. Take an internship for college credit or consider applying to some of the opportunities on campus. The Life-Health Sciences Internship Program is one option, connecting IUPUI undergraduates with research and professional experience internships on and near campus.
- Join a Student Organization. Did you know there are literally hundreds of student organizations on campus? Getting involved on campus is an excellent way to learn more about yourself, grow your skills, and build your resume. Visit the Den to view all of IUPUI’s student groups.
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!
Additional 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 this resource and click on your major to discover applicable job titles, job and internship links, and industry information links.
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.
Whether you’re exploring majors or searching for information about your chosen field, this website will help you connect majors to careers. 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. Continue your research through the websites provided.
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.
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 people 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!
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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.