Know the World of Work!
Before you set out on the trail, you need to know what you’re in for. Will it be muddy, steep, or dry and flat? Will there be switchbacks, forests, streams, or rolling hills? If you know these things ahead of time, you can be prepared and have a great hike. The same with your career. That’s why you need to research careers before you leave college, know what the expectations and requirements are for jobs in your field, and get prepared to hike right into what you want to do.
Estimated Time to Completion ≈ 2 Hours
Step #1: What major(s) should you choose?
Visit the sites What Can I Do With This Degree and Oregon State University's list of majors.
- Look up your major or a major you are interested in pursuing. If you are undecided on a major, look up several that you are considering.
- Take a look at the careers that are related to that major. Be sure to read as much information about your major and the connections you can make to a career path.
- Submit these to your instructor as they requested or save it for self-reflection and to share with advisors, family members, or a career counselor. Write comments or additional questions about how you might use your major as a jumping off point for grad school and/or future careers.
Step #2: What is your ideal job?
After researching the career(s) that interest you in Sigi 3, the Occupational Handbook, or in O*Net, take a look at some job descriptions for jobs available right now in an online job search engine.
- Write a one-page description of a job that excites you, as if you were the employer hiring for it, including responsibilities, duties, and qualification requirements.
- Submit this to your instructor as they requested or save it for self-reflection and to share with advisors, family members, or a career counselor.