STEP 1: SELF-ASSESSMENT
- Meet with Career Services
- The foundation for career planning is self-assessment. Identifying and understanding your interests, skills, values, and personality preferences will help you make sound decisions now and later in your career. A Career Services advisor can assist you in putting all the pieces together and setting career goals.
- Take the MBTI to identify your
preferences and strengths personality
- Take the Campbell Interest & Skills Survey
- Complete FOCUS and bring your results in for interpretation
- FOCUS - Interactive career and education planning system combining self-assessment, career exploration, and career decision-making. Contact Career Services for the access code.
STEP 2: RESEARCH
- Search by Major – Search any OWU major to find related career fields and internship and job links.
- What Can I Do With This Major? – In-depth information on majors and relevant career fields. Includes job titles by industry and tips for entry into various fields.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook – In-depth information on hundreds of job titles
- Spotlight on Careers – Current, well-researched information on a variety of career fields, as well as links to jobs and internships.
- O*NET OnLine – Tool for career exploration; valuable source for occupational information
- Talk to your advisor and professors
- Common Misperceptions – Faulty preconceptions can cloud your decision-making when it comes to majors and careers; be sure to check out this list of common myths.
STEP 3: GAIN EXPERIENCE
- Gain relevant real-life, out of classroom experience through internships, part-time or summer jobs, and volunteer positions.
- 4-Year Plan: Career Planning Freshman through Senior Year – Recommended career planning tasks for each year and ways Career Services can help.
- Educate yourself globally. Consider studying abroad, learning another language, and attending campus cultural events.
- Acquire leadership experience by becoming involved in student organizations, athletics, or community service.