Explore Interests, Skills and Majors
Career planning is a life-long process. From an early age you have developed interests, skills and values that will affect your future career choices. You learn more about your strengths and career goals from engaging in experience, including: campus activities, leadership positions, athletics, internships, jobs, classes, research, volunteer activities and more! Through exploration and reflection you discover more opportunities that are a good fit for you and so continue the cycle of growth.
We can help you to fine-tune your individual process. Here are some tools to get you started with your career and major exploration; we're also available to assist you through appointments or drop-ins.
Step 1: Focus on Self: Identify Skills, Values & Interests
Knowing yourself is the foundation to discovering which major or career will be a good fit for you!
- Begin articulating skills, interests, and values on this overall worksheet and the Work Values Clarification worksheet. Identify your transferable skills.
- Consider how to grow your skills and interests. What activities and classes could you pursue? Who might you talk to? See the worksheet: Explore Interests and Build Skills.
- Map out your Ideal Job, including the work environment and salary: The Anatomy of My Ideal Job worksheet
- Additional assessment tools, including MBTI and Strong Interest Inventory are available through meeting with a career counselor.
Step 2: Explore Options: Research the Possibilities!
Use online and in-person resources to discover the wide array of opportunities in the world of work! To make good choices about your career path, it’s helpful to have information on various careers, industries, companies, job descriptions, and salaries. Consider how opportunities fit with your identified interests and skills.
- Check out What Can I Do With a Major In...? to see possible career paths for a variety of majors.
- See Alumni Career Paths by major and read about alumni experiences in UVM Stories.
- Research Career Fields page offers industry specific information in a wide variety of fields.
- O*Net Career Finder is a detailed encyclopedia of occupations.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook has detailed narratives on almost any type of job, including job descriptions, training, qualifications needed, earnings and more.
- InsideJobs: Explore careers based on your interests, skills, major and more.
- WetFeet offers an overview of industry profiles, trends, jobs, pros and cons.
- Network with professionals in your field of interest. Informational Interviewing is a great way to learn about occupations and build your professional network. UVM Alumni are a great resource for this! Create a profile on LinkedIn and join alumni groups, such as the University of Vermont Career Connection and the UVM Alumni Association.
- Research employers from UVM Job Fairs and On Campus Recruiting. They offer great opportunities!
- Check out the Career Center Library to research careers related to majors or your interests. The library is open during regular office hours.
Step 3: Pursue Expertise: Take action to Explore your Interests and Build Skills
It is essential to explore and evaluate your interests through experience and take advantage of opportunities that will build the necessary skills to reach your goals. Each year at UVM is an opportunity to get involved and grow both personally and professionally!
Step 4: Launch your search
Applying for a job or other opportunity is a several step process that demands attention to detail and follow through. Take the time to attend to each of the pieces and set yourself up for success! Through reflection, research and experience you should have a clear direction of where you are headed and how you want to grow as a professional.
- Create and hone your Resume and Cover Letter
- Attend Job Fairs, Networking Events and other Career Center events.
- Track and apply for opportunities through On Campus Recruiting
- Read Career Services tips on Finding Full Time Employment
- Practice Interviewing
- Review Dress to Impress information and be ready for potential interviews
- Use the Job Search Readiness Checklist to evaluate your preparation
Last modified July 16 2014 10:38 AM