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Explore Career Paths

Recognizing your personal qualities and interests is the first step in discovering a major and career that is a good fit. Career advisors provide exploration strategies in Choosing a Major, Charting a Career (presentation), and recommend next steps depending on where you are in choosing a major in our Major and Career Exploration (handout). The resources below can advance your exploration.

  1. Start with self-assessment.
  2. Continue by exploring careers and industries that interest you.
  3. Have career conversations with professionals to learn what it's like on the job.
  4. Then, create your professional brand and development action plan.
  5. If your career requires an advanced degree, consider applying for grad school.


Knowing more about your strengths and abilities can help you identify career paths that will align with your best self. Formal career assessments can enhance your awareness of your work interests, work values, work and career readiness skills, personality, leisure interests and career planning readiness.

Focus 2 Career is an online, self-guided, assessment service that provides valid and reliable assessments including the Holland code (work interest) & and MBTI types (personality). Each assessment takes about 5 to 10 minutes to complete. You can combine your assessment results and explore career options and academic majors that align with you. Career options provided are limited to the approximately 867 detailed occupations defined by the Standard Occupational Classification system.

Create your free student account using the access code: EAGLESLA

Focus 2 Career Login

Additional Self-assessment Support

Career advisors guide you through the sections of Focus 2 Career in these instructional videos:

Additional career services videos include:

Career Exploration

Knowing more about what is possible can help you determine career paths of interest and strategies to achieve them. With a better understanding of the working world, you can more easily envision how you can best fit into that world. Career advisors provide these resources to help you with this exploration.

Career Conversations

One of the best ways to begin exploring career paths is to have a conversation with professionals in a field you're interested in. You can learn more about a career and how to get there, ask about their work, major and career pathway and the skills required in the position. Career advisors provide these online resources to help you get started.

Building Your Professional Brand

Once you've identified your professional qualities and career paths that align, you're ready to start building your professional brand. Think of your professional brand as a way to activate your personal mission statement. Meaning, a way to bring your personal mission statement to “life” and in a way that combines your personal and professional self. Career advisors provide these resources to help you get started.

Creating Your Career Plan

Think of your career/professional development plan as a way to cultivate your professional brand. Meaning, an intentional plan to grow your professional brand so that you can gain the experiences and skills you need to lead your best life. Career advisors provide these resources to help you get started.

Resources for Applying to Grad School

Additional Support

Career Advising

Career advisors and coordinators can help with self and career exploration, career planning, internships, career networking, résumé and interview skills, and employment searches. We offer group and individual appointments.

Connect with Career Advisors

Career Workshops

We offer workshops each semester to help you identify your qualities and network for career exploration. Look for them and sign up on Handshake.


Part of choosing a career path includes knowing about workplace culture and available opportunities for your degree. Employers host events where you can meet and learn more about what's possible. Look for these events on Handshake.