Career Decision Making Model

 Awareness

  • Examine what is important to you when you think about a career.
  • Values:  What do you want from a career? (Examples:  money, advancement, variety, challenge, helping others, etc.)
  • Skills:  What skills do you want to use? Verbs show what you would be doing. (Examples:  invest, analyze, develop, create, organize, program, research, write, etc.
  • Interests:  What career fields are of interest to you? (Examples:  Art, Business, Health/Medical, Communications, Education, Technology, Science, Sports, etc.)

Exploration

Brainstorm and research occupations by career field that you would like to know more about or that you think would be interesting.

Ways to Brainstorm & Research Careers:  Find out how well the career matches your values and skills; find out what training/education is required to go into the field

Research Information:

Get first- hand information on a career of interest through:

  • Internships
  • Campus Jobs
  • Volunteering
  • Summer & Part-Time Jobs

Decide

Make a decision based on the facts you gathered from the research you conducted for specific careers. 

Once you have made your decision, make sure you:

  • Find an internship or other experiential learning opportunity in your field.
  • Attend networking and business etiquette seminars/webinars.
  • Update your resume by making a list of your skills, talents and experiences.  Keep a record of all student involvement activities, workshops/trainings attended, etc.

Action

Now is the time to take action on your new career. 

  • Refine your resume and cover letter
  • Participate in career fairs, job expos, and on-campus employer recruiting
  • Participate in mock interviews.
  • Explore Graduate school opportunities and prepare for your graduate entrance exams