Career exploration requires self-assessment and developing a plan to reach your unique career goals. Academic advisors will assist students with the following career exploration tasks:
Self-assessment is the first step of the career planning process. It is the process of gathering information about yourself in order to make an informed career decision.
Begin by asking yourself: Who am I? What are your personal characteristics, your personality, activities you like, skills you may have and what do you value?
Still not sure? Stop by the Office of Academic Advising to speak to an advisor and take one of our recommended career assessments.
What to consider when thinking about a career.
- What do I like to do?
- What are my interests?
- What am I passionate about?
- What kind of environment do I want to work in?
- Will this career meet my financial and personal goals?
What to consider when thinking about a Major.
- What skills and knowledge will I gain as I pursue this major?
- What kinds of careers could I pursue with this major?
- What kinds of out of class activities and experiences should I pursue?
- Are the career plans I have been making feasible based on my academic record, test scores, and experiences?
An advisor can help you learn about career options and connecting your major your career. This helpful link allows you to browse major and career categories. You can also search by keyword and interest. Advisors can also introduce you to other career exploration resources such as the websites listed below.
Career Exploration Tools
My Next Move is an interactive tool for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options. My Next Move has tasks, skills, salary information, and more for over 900 different careers. Users can find careers through keyword search; by browsing industries that employ different types of workers; or through the O*NET interest Profiler, a tool that offers personalized career suggestions based on a person's interests and level of work experience.
My Next Move for Veterans is designed for U.S. veterans who are current job seekers. The interactive tool helps vets learn about their career options. The site has tasks , skills, salary information, job listings,and more, for over 900 different careers. Veterans can find careers though keyword search; by browsing industries that employ different workers; or by discovering civilian careers that are similar to their job in the military.
The O*NET program is the nation's primary source of occupational information. Central to the project is the O*NET database, containing information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors. The database, which is available to the public at no cost, is continually updated by surveying a broad range of workers from each occupation. Information from this database forms the heart of O*NET OnLine, an interactive application for exploring and searching occupations. The database also provides the basis for our Career Exploration Tools, a set of valuable assessment instruments for workers and students looking to find or change careers.
Tools to help job seekers, students, businesses, and career professionals
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor
Oklahoma Career Guide, powered by Kudor Journey, is an easy online tool to explore your career interests and skills. You can identify occupations, establish educational strategies and ultimatley connect to employers. With OK Career Guide, individuals can take research-based career assesments to facilitate their career exploration, educational planning, and workforce prepartion.