Summer Career Exploration

With the slower pace of summer, it can be a great time to explore some possible career options. And you might be surprised to learn just how many sources of information the university has to help you.

The first stop is the university Career Services web page, courtesy of the Career Development Network. This will quickly link you to the Career Center appropriate for your department, as well as provide a lot of information to help you choose a major or get started on your job search. Career & Internship Services also has a lot of great information about picking a major, starting the job search process, or even applying to grad school. While their services are specifically for students in CCE, CDes, and CFANS, the information (including online workshops) is there for everyone to use.

Summer can also be a good time to do some informational interviewing. If you're thinking about a particular career path or two, it can help to talk to someone actually in the profession(s) you're considering. This will help you figure out whether a job might be a good fit for you. It also helps you start that networking process. For more ideas on informational interviewing, check out CLA's tips.

Of course, if you're not sure what direction to take you may want to try some career counseling. Your departmental Career Center can help you explore options that would be a good fit for your personality, interests, skills, and values. And if you haven't declared a major yet, UCCS provides career counseling and can help identify a path that's right for you.

Other career resources you may find helpful:


  • What Can I Do With This Major? - provides a long list of possible careers and employers for each major, as well as some strategies to get your foot in the door.

  • O*Net Online - everything you could want to know about a job is here: educational requirements, average wages, projected openings.... A wealth of information about different careers, job groups, even a list of fields that are new or are expected to have plenty of openings in the near future.

  • iSeek - like O*Net Online but specifically focused on Minnesota careers, education, and jobs. If you're planning to stay in the North Star State, this is the site for you!

Whether you've chosen a major or are still trying to decide, there are lots of resources to figure out your next steps. Hope this gets you started on a summer of career exploration!

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