Freshmen - Explore your interests
Whether it's playing sports, building models, or playing an instrument, your interests today say a lot about what career you might pursue. Match activities you like with jobs you may like.
Try these 10 steps to start exploring these interests:
Step 1 - What interests you?
Make a list of your skills and interests. Think hard about what you enjoy and what you are good at.
Step 2 - Connect the dots
Find out more about the kinds of the jobs that interest you, along with their educational requirements, salary, working conditions, future outlook, and anything else that can help you decide what's best.
Step 3 - Make a match
Make a second list of possible jobs that you would like to have and compare it with your skills and interests. The job that matches your skills and interests the closest may be the career for you.
Step 4 - Set your goals
Once you've decided what occupation matches up best with you, then you can begin developing a plan to reach your career goal.
Step 5 - Make a plan
Develop a career plan. Think about what you want to do and find out more about the kind of training, education, and skills you will need to achieve your career goal.
Step 6 - Do your homework
Start looking at schools that offer a college degree or training program that best meets your career goal and financial needs.
Step 7 - Find some cash
Find out about financial aid to help support you in obtaining your career goal.
Step 8 - Research the market
Learn about job hunting tips as you prepare to graduate or move into the job market.
Step 9 - Get ready
Prepare your resume and practice interviewing techniques.
Step 10 - Get out!
Go to the career guidance center at your school, or visit the local library for additional information and help on career planning.
Learn More About Making a Sample Career Plan