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Career Exploration Tips

We are asked from an early age what we would like to be when we grow up. When we do grow up and we find that deciding on a career requires much more thought, it can feel like finding a needle in a haystack. Use the following tips to help you on this journey.
1. Be willing to put time aside for your career exploration journey. Remember, the more time and effort you put into something, the better the output.
2. Dedicate a notebook to career exploration. Begin by looking inward. Ask yourself: What interests me in life? What do I enjoy doing? What motivates me in life?
3. Using what you know about yourself, apply it to the workplace. What does a career need to have such that it corresponds to who you are? Begin by writing down careers off the top of your head that you’d be interested in exploring.
4. Research the positions you’ve decided to explore. Determine the job responsibilities innate to each career, salary and schooling requirements. Talk to someone in that field by either emailing a professor in that department, or watching a video from someone in the profession.
5. If you’re struggling to do the steps above, try using Truity’s online assessments. Take the Myers-Briggs test to determine what kind of personality you have. Then take the Holland Code test to determine what vocational category you fit in. Use your results to find a list of careers that may be a good fit for your personality. Click the video to walk through this process.
6. Your career exploration journey may become frustrating if no careers are winning your favor. Remain positive and remember that every career you reject leads you closer to the career that you will choose.
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