The first step in choosing a career is to understand who you are, and be confident in identifying your values, skills, interests and motivations.
The next step is to learn about organizations, functional areas, and sectors of the economy in which you may be interested. This process can help you:
• Decide which fields and employers would be a good fit for you
• Get more informed about an employer or industry
• Decide what kind of job or industry would be best suited to you
Exploration and the research that accompanies it are well worth the time and can help you make better decisions.
A career is a chosen pursuit; a profession or occupation.
You will have multiple opportunities to experience different careers throughout your lifetime. No clear consensus has emerged on what constitutes a career change so we can’t say precisely how many careers a typical person has in a lifetime; estimates range from 3-7. What you should focus on is what career decision is best for you today.
As you consider different careers and the jobs they encompass:
- Will you find this career fulfilling in the long run?
- Does the career field exist in your home country? Is it valued or needed there?
- Will you enjoy the daily activities associated with this line of work?
- Can you see yourself doing this job for several years?
- Will your motivations, needs and values be addressed?
Once you’ve concretely identified and prioritized your strengths, skills, interests, motivations and values you are ready to being researching careers. There are a variety of ways in which to do so.
- Read about different career paths:
- Spotlight on Careers (accessible via B.hired > Resources) provides an overview of a variety of careers and includes interviews of liberal arts professionals.
- Vault (accessible via B.hired > Resources) includes over 90 career guides and employer profiles, and over 3,000 company profiles.
- Type Focus (accessible via B.hired > Resources) contains a career database with hundreds of career descriptions and videos.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook helps you research jobs (including education and training, wages, and projections for openings), and connects you to professional organizations in that field.
- O*NET provides comprehensive information about thousands of professions including detailed descriptions of job responsibilities, required skills, preferred interests, and general work styles and environments.
- Network with a Brandeis alum in a field of interest who will be happy to speak with you about “a day in the life.”
- Have a new experience: volunteer, work, intern or study abroad.
- Interview a Brandeis alum who does something you find interesting.
- Network with alumni, family, friends, and more.
- Attend Hiatt’s career forums, information sessions, and other employer events, on and off campus.
- Review actual internship and job postings in B.hired. Consider whether or not the position would be a fit for you. If it is, research that field more extensively.
- Learn more about different kinds of work and work-life balance by talking with parents, friends, coaches, mentors and faculty members.
- Make an appointment with a career counselor at Hiatt to discuss your strengths, skills, interests, motivations and values and how they might connect with a career path.