There are several ways to begin investigating career options and finding a job. Doing some self exploration, interacting with alumni and recruiters and getting hands-on experience will assist you in exploring the endless variety of industries, career tracks, and job opportunities within your chosen major. Discover what you enjoy doing and the skills and talents you possess. Match these skills and talents with career possibilities. Pick a variety of career fields you would be interested in and investigate them. Research companies and career paths.
Career assessments can aid students in the process of exploring and selecting a major, general occupational interests or a specific career field. The University of Arizona Career Services office offers a variety of career assessments, with each tailored to specific priorities of the individual.
- Kuder Journey
- The Kuder Journey is a new offering from Career Services, but it is based on assessments from Dr. Frederic Kuder that have been in use for over 75 years and demonstrate a high degree of validity and reliability.
- Strong Interest Inventory
- Are you trying to plan your career path or evaluate you major choice? Taking the Strong Interest Inventory may be helpful in your academic decision making and career planning.
- CareerBeam is a state-of-the-art program to help you in your job search. It is a self-paced process for implementing a strategic career search using web-enabled exercises and research tools to guide your process.
Self Assessment Strategies and Tools
UA Career Services offers walk-in counseling and self-assessment programs including the Strong Interest Inventory career planning program. Utilize the Career Information Library in Suite 411 in the Student Union and the online resources offered by Career Services www.career.arizona.edu The DISCOVER system - Whether you are beginning college, conducting a job search or making a career change. It will provide you with information about your values, interests and abilities and then help you explore occupations and academic majors. The DISCOVER program is divided into four categories:
- Learn about Self and Career
- Choose Occupations
- Plan My Education
- Plan for Work
Did you know?
According to the Job Outlook 2015 by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the top skills and qualities employers seek in job candidates are (in order of desirability):
- Ability to work in a team
- Communication skills (written)
- Problem-solving skills
- Strong work ethic
- Analytics/quantitative skills
- Technical skills
- Communication skills (verbal)
Do you have these proven skills/qualities? Are they evident in your resume? Could you give examples to prove these qualities in an interview? If you need to improve these skills/qualities what will you do between now and graduation to excel in these areas?
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