Career Exploration

It’s never too early to begin exploring career paths. Whether you’re choosing a major or considering a career change, here are three easy steps you can take to get started. 

1. Take an Assessment

Assessments are a quick and easy way to learn more about yourself and your goals. There are a variety of different types of assessments out there; we recommend taking one career assessment and one personality assessment. See our favorite free options below:

One of the best ways to analyze the results of your career assessment is through research. Check out item number two for next steps! 

The results from your personality assessment can be utilized in a number of ways, and you can identify how specific personality traits apply to your work style or interests.

16Personalities provides career recommendations with your results, but we also recommend reviewing the 16Personalities article on using your results as you research potential careers. Check out similar articles from High5 and Truity!


2. Research and Discover Careers

With so many occupations to discover, the process can be overwhelming. We recommend researching your top 3-5 career matches from your prior career assessment using the following resources.

Search for positions on Handshake, and determine your interest level in the work described. Review UAA academic programs for fit and desirability.


3. Connect with Employers

Speaking directly with employers is a great way to learn more about a specific industry or position. Connect with employers at networking events, career fairs, or directly through Handshake messaging, email, or phone call.

An informational interview is an informal conversation you can have with someone working in an area of interest to you. It is a great way to learn more about a company or career field, gain valuable feedback, and build your professional network. Utilize the Informational Interview Guide for sample questions, and more information.
Job shadowing (also known as an externship) is another great way to interact with employers and gain hands-on experience and insight to a job or industry. An externship may include: observing and networking with industry professionals, taking a tour of company facilities, sitting in on staff meetings, or reviewing company literature. An externship is not an internship and does not include work experience, but may be included on a resume if the applicant has limited experience. Check out Indeed’s complete guide to externships for more information.