What do you want to explore?
Steps & Planning
Discover and identify your areas of interests, abilities, and work values. Explore these personality, interest and values assessments:
- FOCUS - Evaluate skills and interests in order to define career and educational goals.
- Idaho CIS - Identify and explore different career options that match with interests, abilities, strengths and values.
Understand and assess your strengths and limitations
- How do you demonstrate and utilize your strengths?
- How have you (or are you) working on addressing and/or overcoming limitations?
Investigate opportunities & possibilities.
- Networking - Connect or re-connect and learn from those you know (or want to know). Collect information on careers, job expectations and future opportunities to see if these are a good match for you.
- Research career options - FOCUS, Occupational Outlook and Idaho CIS are tools to help learn about different careers, geographic locations, future hiring demand, qualifications, education requirements and salaries.
- Informational Interviews - Candid Career provides informational interview videos with hundreds of different careers. Talk to a Career Services advisor to set up an informational interview »
- Plan and set short-term career goals - Identify ways to develop skills and gain experience (internships, volunteer work, leadership activities, service-learning classes, international experiences, study abroad, research or shadowing). Develop a plan and timeline for obtaining needed skills and experiences.
- Experiential education and gaining experience - Participate in experiential learning activities such as undergraduate research, service-learning, internships, part-time jobs, clubs and organizations, volunteering and leadership activities.
Evaluate and modify goals. Observe and reflect:
- What did you learn through those experiences?
- How did this experience compare with your expectations?
- Do you see yourself working in this company/industry?
- Are there skills that you want or need to develop?
Refinement of goals:
- What did you like most/least about your experience?
- How do these likes/dislikes affect your long-term goals?
- What types of careers would fit best with your strengths and limitations?
Develop a plan of action to achieve your goals. Identify long-term career goals:
- What is your purpose? How to you see yourself making a contribution through the work you do?
- What is your “dream job” or shortlist of dream jobs?
- What do you see yourself doing ten years after graduation?
Identify short-term career options that align with your long-term goals:
- Example: If I want to be a writer for National Geographic magazine, I could:
Get any position at National Geographic to get my foot in the door;
Get a writing position with similar magazines that may be smaller and less known; or,
Attend graduate school to gain more knowledge and experience.
Learn about networking and interviewing strategies:
- Begin networking to learn more about available opportunities and future contacts.
- Attend Career Services events like career fairs, employer information sessions, on-campus interviewing, and networking nights.
- Update your presence on social media networking sites like LinkedIn.
- Set goals for yourself (i.e. submit five applications/initial contacts per week).
- Set up and conduct a mock interview at Career Services.
Carry out a plan of action:
- Maintain organized job application records and communications with employers.
- Get your resume and cover letter reviewed by a Career Services advisor.
- Identify references who know your academic or work ethic, and ask them if you may use them as a reference (remember to also send them a copy of your resume).
Enroll in a Major Exploration Class
Having difficulty selecting a major, contemplating what you want to do with your major, or exploring career options? Enroll in the career and major exploration course offered each spring and fall semester. Look for INTR 201-01 on the UI class schedule »
Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (208) 885-6121.