Career Exploration Steps:
The Career Exploration Steps are designed to assist you in developing a career that is consistent with your interests, abilities, knowledge, experiences, personality and values. The process involves charting a schedule of action and then adjusting it when new information becomes available. Career planning draws upon five major steps:
1: Self Exploration
It’s important to start with asking “who am I?” Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses, transferable skills and interests.
2: Meet with a counselor in the Dean of Students office to interpret information
You should always meet with a Kirkwood counselor after completing the self-exploration process and assessments. They will help to interpret the results of your assessments, and ask you the important questions to help narrow down the list of occupations/careers that are looking like a good fit.
3: Career Exploration
The next question in the process is “where am I going?” Do career research such as labor market information and develop some short and long range goals.
Resources: Career Coach, Inside Jobs, informational interviews, informational interview job request letter, What Can I Do WIth This Major and job shadows.
4: Career Affirmation
Meet with a counselor in the Dean of Students office to interpret information and discuss the job shadow/informational interview experience.
5: Career Preparation
The last question to ask yourself is “how do I get there?” What is the education and training necessary, the skills to develop and possible obstacles and strategies.
Resources: Attend Kirkwood’s career services workshops: Job Search Strategies, Resume Writing, Resume Critiquing, Interviewing for the Job, Mock Interview,
Job Applications and Cover Letters.