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Career Development Center

Career Exploration

With so many career and major options, sometimes it's hard to know where to start, or how to decide what is best for you. The CDC is ready to help! Here you will find an insightful introduction to career exploration, plus career courses, workshops, and other resources to point you in the right direction.

Career development and exploration is a series of experiences or "steps" that allow you to become more educated and knowledgeable about yourself, your work values, skills and your career potential. There are four primary "stages" to the career development process and they are sequential in order, meaning it is best to follow them as they are designed.

Stage 1: Inquiry and Awareness

Stage 2: Assessment and Exploration

Stage 3: Testing Career Decisions

Stage 4: The Job (or Graduate School) Search