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Most people agree that an ideal career is one where you are passionate about what you do. Searching for your passion can be disheartening. There are so many choices, so many obstacles. For a few people the path to that passion is obvious. For others it is elusive. While there is no step-by-step roadmap for selecting majors, pursuing careers, and achieving success, Career Services has resources to help you as begin your journey, identify possibilities, and explore options.
Career Coaching - Set up an individual appointment to discuss questions, concerns, and options. Career Services can direct you to assessment tools and career exploration resources that will provide a foundation for major field and career decision-making. Stop by Career Services in HSU, call 461-7400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your first visit with Career Services. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Self-Assessment – Examine your skills, interests, and values through Focus, the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator, the Strong Interest Inventory, and the Self-Directed Search. You will obtain support using these tools by meeting with the Director of Career Services before and after an assessment.
MyPlan - is an online career planning resources that helps students gather information about themselves and careers. Results are connected to detailed career descriptions that are a starting point for exploring careers.
- Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator – an inventory that identifies personality preferences, which can be valuable in career decision-making, relationship-building, and personal growth.
- Strong Interest Survey – an instrument that helps you identify interests and matches those interests to occupational areas worthy of future exploration
- Self Directed Search – a booklet that helps you explore interests and abilities and suggests groups of occupations related to these strengths.
- The Sophomore Experience – a workshop which provides an overview, administration, and reflection on results of the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator. The workshop includes applications for vocation, spirituality and careers. Career Services, The Vocation and Values Program, and Lilly Endowment, Inc. are the sponsors.
- Internet Resources – The Internet has many useful tools to help you consider who you are and how your unique personality and abilities might be best applied to a career. Below you will find a few of those online tools. You will find these and ALL assessments more beneficial if you have a specialist is Career Services review the results with you.
The Career Key (Based on career theory by John Holland, Career Key explores the relationship between interest, personality and careers.)
Temperament Sorter - (Personality Inventory based on Please Understand Me II by David Keirsey.)
O*NET Online (Assessments developed by The US Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.)
The Princeton Review Career Quiz – (This 24 question quiz points to work interests and work styles.)
Career Exploration – Research careers using occupational literature in the career library within Career Services and using valuable resources identified on the web. Review What Can I Do With A Major In…? to view information linking majors to career strategies. Use FOCUS online to explore occupations and areas of study related to your interests, skills, and values.
- Academic Majors at Hastings College – Find academic major links in the top menu of the HC website. Considering what to study or major in does not always correlate to making a career choice. However, learning about academic departments, course offerings, and activities in the major is critical to making a smart decision about your course of study. While professors may be the best resource for information about their departments, Career Services can serve as a starting place for asking questions and evaluating occupations to fit to your interests.
- What Can I Do With This Major? – Are you curious what careers that might be well suited to an academic major? Take a look at this resource that includes information on potential career fields, employing industries, strategies for getting into the fields, and relevant Internet links.
- Career Research Interviewing – Learning about careers from professionals in prospective fields can be a great method for career exploration. Careers Services will help you identify alumni or professionals from the community to interview.
- Shadowing – Shadowing is a career exploration tool. Career Services will provide you with suggestions and contact information for local organizations that might host a shadowing experience for you. A partnership with Mary Lanning Hospital provides regular shadowing opportunities for students considering careers in healthcare.
- Internet Resources – The Internet is a useful tool for gathering information about potential careers and occupations. Talk to Career Services about additional online resources from professional associations and colleges and universities.
Occupational Outlook Handbook – (A nationally recognized source for career information collected and published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the OOH provides occupational information through a keyword search.)
O*NET Online - (Find occupations using keywords, browsing by Job Families or browsing by the OÛNET Descriptor.)
Nebraska Career Compass – (Sponsored by Nebraska Workforce Development, the Career Compass provides Nebraska-specific occupational information including wages, education, job prospects, expected numbers of annual openings, and job descriptions.)
Career Profile Search – (Princeton Review’s career database supplies profiles of over 200 careers, featuring “A Day in the Life,” Paying Dues, and Associated Careers.)
ExploreHealthCareers.org is a free, multi-disciplinary, interactive health careers website designed to explain the array of health professions and provide easy access to students seeking information about health careers. This website is a joint initiative involving national foundations, professional associations, health career advisors, educational institutions, and college students.