How Do I Decide?
Studying the options is only one way to look at a possible career, the next step is to “try on” different occupations and gain valuable experience. You can use many strategies and resources to gain practical experience in areas you want to explore and try out. These experiences can come in the form of jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities, job shadowing and through coursework.
- Gain work experience in an on-campus or off-campus student job. You don’t have to wait until you graduate to try out different types of careers or jobs that interest you. Student employment on-campus and State Work Study jobs provide an excellent avenue to begin getting real work experience. Find positions on the Career Connections Opportunities Board that will allow you to build skills and decide what it is you like to do while creating a solid professional history for your resume.
- Complete an internship to decide if a career path is right for you and help set yourself up for future job opportunities after graduation. Employers look for internship experience when hiring and many students find employment after graduation through an internship. Find internship positions on the Career Connections Opportunities Board and work with the Director of Academic Internships for help in successfully finding an internship and turning it into a meaningful learning opportunity.
- Volunteer to gain experience and discover your career path while making a positive impact on your community. Find volunteer positions on the Career Connections Opportunities Board or meet with staff at the Center for Community Engagement and Service to explore further options for volunteering.
- Pursue a job shadowing experience by using your alumni contacts through the Lute Link Career Advisor Network. In some careers like counseling of medicine, a certain level of graduate experience is required to get hands-on experience. However, job shadowing offers great way to get a feel for the job and give you an idea if it is a path you would like to pursue.