Understanding yourself and your options is the next step in your journey. Self-knowledge includes a clear understanding of your values, interests, and skills.
Values: Guiding principles that reflect what is most important to you in life.
Interests: Topics you enjoy reading about and activities that leave you energized.
Skills: Activities you do well, either learned (e.g. playing basketball) or innate (e.g. coordination).
It is sometimes difficult to clearly state values, interests, and skills, which is why we have provided several questions to help you gain more clarity. Show your academic and career advisors the results from this step. They can help you connect your results to the many major and occupational options available to you. Review the questions below and reflect on each.
- At a bookstore, what section do you visit first?
- What topics of coversation hold your attention?
- If you had more free time, how would you spend it?
- Would you rather have more free time and less money, or more money and less free time?
- What subjects/classes do you enjoy most?
- What type of assignments interest you?
- What are your unique talents and abilities?
- What is easy for you but is difficult for others?
- You could spend hours learning about...
- What level of achievement is important to you?
- What do you want to accomplish professionally?
- Where have you received recognition or awards?
- What extracurricular activities have you enjoyed in the past?
- What kind of club/organization are you interested in joining?
- Who do you know that enjoys his/her work?
- What kind of people would you like to work with?
- What is your ideal work environment?
- Where might you like to live (large city, rural area, etc.)?
If you are a first or second year student struggling to determine how to choose a major that feels right for you, or curious to learn how your current academic pursuits can help you identify potential career paths, you may also consider registering to participate in a Career Exploration Workshop (or CEW). We have several sessions of the workshop offered in the Fall and in the Spring.
Fall 2017 Workshop Dates TBA
Most of the workshops take place at the Career Center unless otherwise indicated.