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Major Exploration: Where Do I Begin?

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Mary Sweeney

on 16 February 2016

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Transcript of Major Exploration: Where Do I Begin?

Foundation
Experience
Research
Decision Making
Job Preparation
The Perfect Fit
Values
Four
Year
Plan
Major Exploration
Career Center Website
Sigi3
Myers Briggs Type Indicator
Strong Interest Inventory
Idaho CIS
O*NET
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Informational Interviews
Mock Interviews
Get Involved
Volunteer
Evaluate the best major/career
Compare (salary, personality, outlook, education, etc.)
How do you make decision?
What are the pros and cons?
What are the barriers?
Decision making matrix
Job search
Résumés
Cover Letters
Interviewing
Networking
Social Media
Where do I begin?
SELF KNOWLEDGE
Skills
Communication
Active Listening
Interpersonal
Organization
Security
Balance
Contribution to
Society
Variety
Knowledge
Interests
Personality
Social
Meet with a career counselor and take a career assessment
Explore majors
Start building your network
Clean up your social media and keep it clean!
Get to know your academic advisor, faculty and the Career Center staff
Get involved in campus activities and organizations
Explore jobs on-campus
YEAR 1: Explore & Engage
Begin developing a résumé
Job shadow
Stay involved & continue to develop networks
Take a leadership role in an organization
Continue exploring majors
Conduct informational interviews
Solidify educational plan
Explore internship possibilities
Participate in a service learning project
Attend the Career Fairs
YEAR 2: Engage & Experience
Solidify goals
Get résumé and cover letter critiqued
Practice your interviewing skills
Attend Career Fairs
Participate in an internship
Continue building your network
Research graduate or professional schools & schedule admissions tests
Keep informed of programs and services offered by the Career Center
Develop your online professional presence and brand
YEAR 3: Experience & Enhance
Get résumé and cover letter critiqued and updated
Polish up on interview skills
Attend the Career Fairs
Research potential employers
Participate in on-campus interviews
Start using your network to find employment
Apply for career positions
Submit application for graduate and professional schools in the fall
YEAR 4: Enhance & Execute
www.inolvement.boisestate.edu
Music
Animals
Psychology
Nature
Photography
Introspective
Compassion
Learner
If you don’t know how to get started, try answering these five basic questions:

What kinds of things interest me?
What am I naturally drawn to?
What have I always wanted to learn more about?
If you had your own blog or TV show, what would it be about?
What would I like to change in my community or in the world?
When am I the happiest? What am I doing?
Presented By Mary Sweeney
Boise State University
Career Center
Questions?
426-1747
www.career.boisestate.edu
Don't wait until Senior Year! Come in now!
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