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Marquette University
Career Services Center

Holthusen Hall, First Floor
1324 W. Wisconsin Avenue
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-7423
Fax: (414) 288-5302
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Career Exploration

A good career decision can only be made when you become aware of your personal style, identify your interest and skill areas, and acknowledge your work values. Without these pieces of the puzzle, a career decision is not grounded or based on criteria which matters to you.

Here you can find a step-by-step guide to career exploration!

  1. Schedule Your Career Counseling Appointment for a career check-in
    Students meet with a career counselor to discuss the career issues of their choice. The counselor will likely ask about personal and career background, interests, coursework, and related aspects that effect career decision making to ensure a good understanding of the student’s unique situation.

  2. Join a Student Organization
    Getting involved may help you explore career and personal interests, earn great recommendations for future employment, develop marketable skills, build your resume, and increase your self-confidence. 

  3. Identify Your Interests, Skills, and Work Values
    In order to decide which career field is most suitable for you; we must first determine what you like to do, what you are good at doing, and what is important to you.

  4. Gain general skills through Volunteer Activities and Service Learning
    Volunteering your time to help out in the community may help you explore career and personal interests, earn great recommendations for future employment, develop marketable skills, build your resume, and increase your self-confidence.

  5. Look for a Career-Related Part-time or Summer Job
    A carefully chosen part-time or summer job gives you more than money. Part-time work is a superb introduction to a career field you're considering.

  6. Complete a Career Assessment with a career counselor
    Assessments assist in identifying your interests, skills, and work values.  Several assessments are available to students only after having had an initial intake appointment with a career counselor. 

  7. Take a Career Course: Career Planning and Decision Making
    Each semester the Career Services Center offers courses on topics ranging from career planning to job search.  Currently some of these courses are listed in the course bulletin under ARSC but are open to all majors.
    1. The career courses, MARQ (ARSC) 1040: Career Planning and Decision Making and MARQ (ARSC) 1050: Job Search Strategies have been cancelled for the upcoming fall and spring semester. In lieu of these courses, the Career Services Center is developing and implementing a new concept of Career Groups. Career Groups will provide the same educational piece for students seeking career education and professional preparation but will provide a more flexible and amenable group dynamic to better serve students. Career Groups will be offered regularly beginning mid-semester of Fall 2014.
       
  8. Determine Your Transferable Skills
    Transferrable, functional skills are built into your liberal arts education and are valued by employers. A bit of reflection will allow you to see that your courses, research projects, college work experience, extracurricular activities, internships and field study experiences have all been instrumental in providing you with skills that employers value.

  9. Define Your Satisfying Occupational Characteristics
    Now that you have developed a list of your interests, skills, and work values it’s time to bring them together and think about how you could apply these in different careers.  Start by summarizing the main themes that you see in your list of interests, skills, and work values.

  10. Conduct Career Research: Career Fields and Marquette Majors
    The best way to learn what it is really like in a particular career fields is through research. This can be done in two ways: online resources and informational interviewing (talking to people in the field).

  11. Conduct Informational Interviews with professionals in your field of interest
    Talking to people who currently are in positions and career fields that interest you is one of the best ways to gain valuable career information. The Career Services Center has resources to help you complete this step using LinkedIn and the Marquette University Alumni Association Network.

  12. Develop Your Occupational Targets
    Having one to three clear Occupational Targets helps you better communicate with those in your professional network and with potential employers.  Your Occupational Target is a personal statement defining the specifics you wish to attain through work.

  13. Start the Decision Making Process
    Decision-making is not to be taken lightly.  People make decisions a variety of ways.   Career decisions may include anything from choosing a major to comparing job offers. 

NEXT STEP: Career-Related Experience