Career Development Process

Making choices about your future can be daunting. Parents, the media, peers, teachers, and others can put a lot of pressure on students (often unintentionally) to choose the “right” career path or college major. Our mission is to facilitate self-awareness and exploration of different academic and vocational paths that will be a good fit for your individual values, interests, personality, and skills. Learning about yourself and how to make career decisions can be extremely rewarding and empowering. We’re here to help you begin your career journey whenever you’re ready.


Below are possible indicators associated with each stage in the career development process. If you find that any of these indicators describe your, please visit the Center for Career and Professional Development or attend one of our events.


  • Have no declared major or are unhappy in your current major
  • Are having difficulty making choices related to career planning
  • Are uncertain about interests, abilities, and values related to careers
  • Are finding that course selections have been based primarily on the opinions of family members and friends


  • Have declared a major
  • Have narrowed choice of major to several related areas
  • Can specify choice of a particular career cluster (e.g., health services)
  • Are in the process of seeking more in-depth information about self or work to validate specific preferences


  • Have pursued further involvement with career choice (e.g., internships, volunteer, leadership opportunities, or professional organizations). Visit the Center for Career and Professional Development for information about internships and other opportunities.
  • Have developed some primary associations with other students and faculty members in the chosen field of study
  • Recognize the importance of accurately assessing values, interests, and abilities related to your chosen field


  • Have met or are meeting degree requirements
  • Can articulate a career plan consistent with chosen academic programs
  • Plan to work after graduation and are developing job search strategies, utilizing the Center for Career and Professional Development as part of this process
  • Plan to attend graduate school or professional school and are seeking admission

Career identity development and career exploration are part of an ongoing process. Career Counselors can help students determine how their values, interests, skills, passions, and sense of responsibility to the rest of the world are connected to career decision-making and planning. If you have questions about your major or want to explore career options, we encourage you to schedule a confidential appointment with a Career Counselor.