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Choosing a Career
What is involved in choosing a career?
Since this will be one of the most important decisions you will make in your life, take some time with it and make sure you do the necessary research. Remember that the most important factor involved in choosing a career is to find one that fits YOU.
Steps in choosing a career:
- Think about your values as they relate to a career. Do you want to work with people, data or things? Have family time? Work indoors or outdoors? Be in a competitive environment?
- Figure out what you like to do. Think about your hobbies and school subjects you enjoy most. Why do you enjoy these subjects and hobbies?
- Consider having variety in your general education courses; you may discover a new career field that you had not considered before.
- Take internships, co-ops, summer or part-time jobs that relate to your interests. "Try out" careers that are in your general field of interest to see if you like them.
- Conduct an informational interview or job shadow with someone who is in a career that interests you. Consider the GVSU Career Services Career Contact Bank, a database of employers. People are usually very happy to spend some time with someone interested in their career.
- Research your top choices. Contact the GVSU Career Services Office where you can check out various jobs and internships, including responsibilities and requirements.
GVSU Counseling & Career Development Center
GVSU Career Services Office
Page last modified September 14, 2010