Explore career options and ways to gain experience.
Look at the questions below followed by resources that will help you answer them.
Explore Career Options
What careers seem like a good fit with your interests, skills and work style? What are potential careers that connect with your studies?
- Research careers by using the “Occupation Quick Search” feature of O*NET .
- Keep things organized by using the Career Exploration Worksheet for each career that you would like to look into.
- Log into the Massachusetts Career Information System (MassCIS), to find Massachusetts-specific occupational and educational information .
- Talk to people (also called an informational interview) who work in a field that you like to find out more about the job, day-to-day tasks, required skills, abilities and personality traits. Be sure to send a “thank you” letter to the person afterwards, and consider connecting with them on LinkedIn.
- Job-shadow one or two people working in fields that interest you.
Explore Ways to Gain Experience
What experiences might help you evaluate a career interest? Where can you develop skills in and outside the classroom?
- Join a club, organization, or activity to learn more about yourself and your interests in a hands-on way.
- Consider looking into these other options for gaining experience:
- Also, consider:
- Schedule an appointment with a career counselor to discuss your unique situation, and to begin mapping out a career development plan that makes sense for you.
- Attend events such as Career Corner Workshops (Topics include Resumes, Job Search, Interviews and LinkedIn), Co-op Info session, Engagement Fair.