Build Experiences & Discover Your Career Interests

Feeling uncertain about your future career?

  • Take an interest assessment to learn about your personality and work preference
  • Reflect on your past experiences to identify your strengths and skills that you enjoy using 
  • Learn more from Understand Yourself

  • Get a list of your career options by browsing O*Net data portal with your interests, skills, and abilities
  • Get inspirations from graduates' destinations from Illini Success Report
  • Learn more from Know Your Options

  • See what stage you are at:
    • Have not decided a career yet? Explore your interests and options!
    • Have a rough idea but not sure? Get some experience to see if you like it (e.g. internship, research, project, volunteer, informational interview, etc.)!
    • Have a career goal but not sure how to find intern/job? Read more about Job Search Strategies
    • Not sure if graduate school is an option for you? Learn more about Graduate School Application
  • Or, simply schedule an appointment with ECS advisor to discuss your next steps!

The Pyramid of Career Decision-Making



• Gather self knowledge and options knowledge to lay the foundation
• Make a decision based on the information you collected about yourself and options
• Execute action plans and further gather information while you are taking actions


Steps to Your Career Decision-Making


  1. Start your career exploration with understanding yourself and options
  2. Once you have an idea of your preferences and potential options, follow the steps to reach your career goal: 
     1. Make a list of your options
     2. Prioritize your options
     3. Develop an individual learning plan
     4. Execute the plan & reflect on experiences
  3. Need guidance in following the steps? Access Career Exploration Handout


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Having Questions about Any of the Steps?

Make an Appointment with ECS to Discuss Your Steps