There are thousands of careers available to a person with a college degree. The challenge is to find career areas that will fit your interests, your skills, and your values. In order to find this type of fit you will need to:
- Assess Yourself
- Learn About Career Information
- Informational Interviewing
- Make Sound Career Decisions
- Possible Resources
- Further Education & Training
This section provides information and tools to help in your on-going exploration.
Assessments for interests, skills, values and more. The Advising & Counseling Department offers a number of options to help students assess their needs and interests before pursuing a specific program or career.
Advising & Counseling Department services offered:
Learn about career information
One of the best resources for this information is the Nath Advising Center. Another good source is talking with a counselor or advisor. Any of the above resources listed under Assess Yourself can be useful sources of information about careers.
Majors and Related Careers
The key to choosing a major is to pick one that you enjoy, that way you'll like your classes and education experience at Normandale.
Informational interviewing is a process in which you contact a person who is already working in an occupation that is of interest to you and ask if they will sit down with you to talk about their career and/or organization. There are a number of ways to do this and a number of questions you may ask; but really what you want to gather is information about an occupation from someone who is already doing that job.
For further information about informational interviews you can go to the following website. Job Hunters Bible - job hunting online with Richard Bolles and What Color is Your Parachute. Choose "Search for contacts".
Make Sound Career Decisions
Making sound career decisions is based upon accurate, up-to-date, and sufficient information. An important part of this process is utilizing a decision making strategy that is thorough, well thought out, considers alternatives, and anticipates obstacles that may get in the way.
Further Education and Training
Don't forget that gathering information on further education and training is an important part of sound career decision making. For students who plan to pursue further education beyond Normandale, be sure the school you are transferring to is an accredited institution so that your degree and coursework will be recognized.