Find Careers that Connect to Your Interests, Values, Personality Traits, and Skills
After identifying your interests, values, aspects of your identity, personality traits, and skills to develop a picture of your career preferences, use the following resources to discover potential career options that may fit.
Ask yourself these questions to see if this particular career area is a fit:
- Does it match with your interests like you had anticipated?
- Will it afford you the lifestyle you seek?
- Does it use your top skills, match your top values, and personal strengths?
Consider these aspects and gather the following information about career options:
- Education and skill requirements
- Typical positions
- Day-to-day job operations
- Industry trends and developments
- Personality traits valued by the field
- Salary information
- Hiring cycles and recruiting practices
- Geographic location
Online and In-Person Career Exploration Tools
- Learn about career paths, identify job search resources, and understand hiring practices in a variety of fields through our Industry Exploration Webpages.
- We have partnered with the Vault guides to provide in-depth information about various careers. Log in to read 120 field overviews and download potential career path guides.
- The US Department of Labor’s O*NET database contains information on hundreds of occupations. Try a keyword search for a specific career, or use one of the advanced search options such as skills, values, or interests.
Connect with professionals in person to learn more about career paths and gain industry insights by:
- Attending our Industry Showcases, Professionals in Residence, Employer Info Sessions, and Employer Site Visits
- Attending on- and off-campus events such as professional association meetings and conferences
- Speaking with alumni, employers, and your own networking contacts in your fields of interest through informational interviewing
Once you have narrowed down your areas of interest, try them out through extracurricular activities, volunteering, internships, and part-time jobs.