Below are possible indicators associated with each career development step. After reviewing these, click on the link of the step where you currently see yourself.
STEP I: EXPLORATION
- Have no declared major or are unhappy in your current major.
- Are having difficulty making choices related to career planning.
- Are uncertain about personal interests, abilities, and values related to careers.
- Are finding that course selection thus far has been based primarily on the opinions of family members and friends.
- Call the Counseling Center to attend a workshop or schedule an appointment.
STEP II: TENTATIVE CHOICE
- Have declared a major.
- Have narrowed choice of major to several related areas.
- Can specify choice of a particular career cluster (e.g. Health Services).
- Are in the process of seeking more in-depth information about self or careers to validate specific preferences.
- Call the Counseling Center to attend a workshop or schedule and appointment.
- Visit the Career Services Center.
STEP III: REALISTIC APPRAISAL & ACTIVE INVOLVEMENT
- Have pursued further involvement with career choice (e.g. internships, volunteer/leadership opportunities, professional organizations). Visit the Career Services Center for information about internships and other opportunities.
- Have developed some primary associations with other students and faculty members in the chosen field of study.
- Recognize the importance of accurately assessing values, interests, and abilities related to your chosen field.
STEP IV: IMPLEMENTATION
- Have met or are meeting degree requirements.
- Can articulate a career plan consistent with chosen academic program.
- Plan to work after graduation and are developing job search strategies. Visit the Career Services Center.
- Plan to attend graduate or professional school and are seeking admission.