Exploratory Studies Explore Your Options

Identify your abilities, values, interests, and goals

The first step in finding the right major and career is discovering what make you uniquely YOU! 

Questions to ask yourself

  • In a conversation, what is the most important thing that others should know about me?
  • What are my strengths?  In school?  In the community?  Within my family?  Within my group of friends?
  • What tasks, hobbies, or activities are so fun that I lose track of time?
  • What drives or motivates me to do my most meaningful or important work?  What do I value above all else?
  • What are problems or issues in the world that you wish you could solve?

It takes time to learn the answers to these questions.  The answers may even change from day to day as you learn and grow. 

Reflect on your past accomplishments

  • Collect projects, music, videos, papers, awards, designs, etc. that make you proud.
  • Create a document that lists all of your jobs, volunteer experiences, and internships you've had. Include dates, locations, job titles, supervisor name(s), and a brief description of your required tasks.
  • Reflect on your accomplishments:
    • In completing a project or a job, what were things you did of which you were the most proud?  
    • Which interests, talents, or strengths do you think that most represent your accomplishments?
    • What are your future plans for your projects and experiences?

Complete personality and interest assessments with your heart . . . instead of your head

In EDPS 10500, Academic and Career Planning, you’ll have the opportunity to take many assessments that will help you identify your personality, interests, strengths, and potential career options.  It’s very easy to skew these assessments to match careers you want.  But, if you want a more authentic match and a fuller range of career options to explore, answer assessment questions with your first or gut reaction!

Explore the connection between personality characteristics and careers

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