Career Planning Guide
Job satisfaction is directly related to careers that match your interests, skills, values and personality. Find a career you enjoy by following these five steps to make an informed career decision.
MyPlan is a career exploration and assessment resource. It offers assessments for you to learn how a variety of careers suit your preferences in relation to interests and personality. It also helps you determine the strength of your skills as well as your work values. Finding careers that suit your preferences leads to career satisfaction. The goal is to find rewarding and meaningful work to you.
By completing MyPlan, you will take the first step in this career discover process. From the assessment, the next step is to gather occupational information. A fun step is to conduct informational interviews or job shadow- Career Services can help you shadow a professional. Finally, you will make an informed decision on selecting a major and planning for your career.
MyPlan has four assessments: interests, values, skills and personality that will take only 15 minutes each. After completing the assessments, make an appointment in Handshake with a career coach to to further discuss career options and to shadow with a professional. Below are the steps to access MyPlan:
- Click on the “Account” tab in the upper right.
- Click on “Create a Free Account” button.
- Fill out the required account information.
- Click on “Continue”.
- Enter the License Code: WHQK2AJ4
- Click on “Submit Registration”.
Read about occupations that match your interests, skills, values and personality traits. In this step, you should be gathering data about the nature of the work, working conditions, training and education requirements, skills required, employment projections and salaries. Then use the Career Planning Exercise to match your preferences to careers and compare different options.
Take a look at the following resources to help you gather this information.
Occupational Info Network (ONET): In addition to providing occupational data and research, ONET will assist you in exploring careers using a skill or tool and will crosswalk careers from the military into civilian careers. Review the work values, skills and the interest sections on ONET to compare them with your self-assessment.
CareerOneStop: A comprehensive source of information to explore a variety of careers and industries. It is important to gain occupational information and trends within an industry because it can make a difference in job growth and salaries. Includes career videos, a military transition portal and much more.
Florida Wages can help you explore starting salaries for new college graduates.
Events on Campus: Attend a career expo on campus to explore careers or meet with a mentor to expand your industry connections and understanding.
It's helpful to understand which majors connect to careers, here are a couple of resources to explore:
The best way to gain the greatest amount of insight into your career options is to speak with the experts. Try the following steps:
- Ask your professor(s) about the career.
- Talk to a Career Advisor about academic programs and their connections to career options you are interested in.
- Talk to a professional working in your career of interest. This is the most important step in the career decision making process and is called an informational interview. You can gain valuable information directly from the professional about the skills required for the position, the trends in the field and the typical projects or assignments they perform. This is one way of test-driving your career before you invest your time and money into an academic program.
You’ve made it to the final step!
You have gathered occupational information. You had fun visiting with faculty, advisors and professionals working in a field of interest. Now it’s time to make a decision. You may be able to decide on a major, which can lead to different career options. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I have a preference in the courses offered in one major over another major?
- What are the pros and cons of one career over another?
- How well does this career fit my personality, values, interests and skills?
- How determined am I in pursuing this major?
- What are the rewards or challenges that I might encounter along the journey?
After considering your answers and making a decision, put your goals in writing using the Career Goal Setting Exercise. We wish you the best of luck and will be here when you need us!