Students enroll in college because they believe it will help them in the future. Many are hoping college will help them obtain stable jobs upon graduation. No matter where you stand in your career exploration path, here at OSU, you have a wide range of resources available to you that can help you find a path that is right for you. Take advantage of the tips and resources provided to you and explore the options that interest you. Talking to your academic advisor, professors, or other faculty members can be a great place to start exploring future career options.

One of the first steps in career exploration is self-assessment. You can do this through discussions with faculty, values tests, online resources, interest inventories, personality assessments, or in a career exploration class. Some of the questions you will be asked are: What are the things that interest you? What do you spend your time doing? What skills and abilities do you have that you would like to use in the workforce? What are the values that you live by? What is important to you? What are things that you don’t care as much about? These questions help lay the foundation for career exploration and development; the questions also help guide you through the decision-making process.

Career exploration involves more than finding a major and doing coursework. It involves the active investigation of careers and work experience. After graduation, when students are looking for jobs in their career field of choice, employers look at more than the coursework the student completed; they want to know about the internships, clubs, research, and work environments the student took part in during the time spent in school.

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