Reduce the amount of detours on your career path:

  1. First, determine your destination (your career options)
  2. Then choose your path (your academic plan) based on what is appropriate for your career options.

To determine your destination, investigate the list of career possibilities generated by your assessment of criteria for career satisfaction.

Once you have a list of career options, your exploration may begin.

How to Explore Career Options & Connect Careers to Majors

Explore Career Descriptions, Requirements & Projections

Learn what is required to enter a specific career field. Learn about a typical day and typical duties. Get a description of the standard work environment.

Chart Your Findings

You might find it helpful to create a spreadsheet that allows you to compare the results of your career exploration research.

On one axis of the spreadsheet, enter the names of career options that match your interests and values.

On the other axis, chart the criteria that you are seeking in a satisfying career. Incorporate the results of your self-reflection and your Holland Type.

Everyone’s list will be different. Some sample criteria include:

  • Physical labor
  • High income
  • Contact with people
  • Work with things
  • Autonomy
  • Flexibility
  • Predictable business hours
  • Recognition
  • Opportunity for creativity
  • Promotion opportunities

Be specific based on your understanding of yourself and what you need from work to be satisfied.

Cross reference the items with the job description in the Occupational Outlook Handbook and other sources, and enter Yes or No in your grid of answers about the features of each particular career option.

Enter the required major or majors on your chart as additional information.

Order the career options from greatest to least number of “yes” notations.

The careers that most match your interests and values generally present high potential for career satisfaction.