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Career Exploration Process

The career exploration process involves learning more about yourself, researching your options, trying new experiences, and creating a strategic plan to reach your professional goals. Whether you are deciding on a major or determining your career options, the Career Center is here to help you every step of the way. Use the following steps to guide your exploration. 

Step 1: Engage in Self-Assessment

A.    Begin your process of self-discovery by reflecting on the following questions:

1.    What are my interests and what topics do I enjoy learning?

2.    What do I like to do and what skills would I like to develop? 

3.    What are my talents and strengths?

4.    What are my values?

B.    Consider taking career assessments to clarify your interests, personality, skills, and values. 

Step 2: Evaluate Majors and Careers

1.    Consider if you would prefer earning a one-year certificate, two-year associate degree, or continue your education at another school with a four-year degree or beyond.

2.    Review academic programs and meet with an academic advisor to learn more about a particular major.

3.    Take introductory courses in your major(s) of interest and speak with professors and your peers to learn more.

Explore possible careers related to your major:

a)   "What Can I Do with This Major?"

b)   "What Can I Do with a Major In..."

Step 3: Research Careers

Gather information about occupations, industries and companies to assess your options:

A.    O*NET Online: Provides comprehensive information on industries and specific occupations.

B.    Occupational Outlook Handbook: Features profiles for various occupations compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

C.    Riley Guide: Contains job descriptions, salary guides and ways to target employers and organizations. 

D.   ReferenceUSA: Provides background information on U.S. businesses.

E.    Glassdoor: Contains company information and employee reviews.

F.    Reach out to professionals in your field of interest and request to job shadow or conduct an informational interview.

Step 4: Gain Experience

1.    Join a student or professional organization related to your area of interest.

2.    Get involved in activities that complement your curriculum, including volunteer work, leadership positions, and research opportunities.

3.    Build career-related experience by getting a part-time job or an internship.

Participate in events and programs that provide opportunities to gain insight from professionals in your field of interest, including potential employers and alumni. 

Virtual Resources

The Student Success Center is proud to introduce our new Virtual Career Center, an all-access online resource comprised of new career development technologies. This new program is designed to help students navigate their career path with a comprehensive online suite of career tools and resources. Select a program title to learn more!  

Multiple career assessments are available for student use and appointments are available to meet with a Career Counselor to interpret student results and explore possible career paths. Students interested in taking an assessment to help determine their major or career goals should contact the Student Success Center for further guidance. Some assessment options are listed below for review.

Focus 2 Career is an online, interactive, self- guided career and education planning system designed to help you make decisions about your future career goals and education plans.

How to Setup Your Account and Login to FOCUS 2:

New Users

Create your account by clicking the button below.
You will need this access code to register: Vanguard

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Returning Users

Log back into your FOCUS 2 account at any time.

Using Focus 2

The layout of FOCUS 2 is designed to walk you through the first steps of your career planning process. Most students start at the top of the home page and work their way down, but you may want to visit some of the “Recommended Tools and Websites” at any stage in your process.

System Features

My Career Planning Readiness/ My Academic Strengths: Assists you in organizing your thoughts and career/educational goals

Self- Assessment: Helps you assess your values, interests, skills, and preferences related to career/educational planning

Explore the Possibilities: Aids you in generating options regarding programs of study, degree pathways, and occupations. You can explore options by FSU major, occupation title, job family, or area of study. Use this information and the information from your assessments/ readiness activities to help you narrow these options down to your top choices. Once narrowed, you may want to rank these options to decide on your top choice.

Take Action: Begin organizing your educational and professional development activities in preparation for resume creation, graduate school applications, and/or job search activities.

Education and Planning Results: Review saved occupations and majors and use the "My Portfolio" feature to synthesize and print results information.

Recommended Tools & Websites: Additional resources through the FSU Career Center that can assist you in your career development and planning processes.

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O*Net Interest Profiler

If you’re really not sure what kind of career you want, you can take an interest profiler such as the O*NET Interest Profiler. It will ask you questions that will help you find out what your interests are and how they relate to a career.

NACE Salary Calculator

NACE Salary Calculator

The NACE Salary Calculator is a salary survey data resource designed to save you time and money, and provide you with reliable and proven results quickly!  It is a great tool for easily obtaining accurate, reliable, and up-to-date wage information that is industry-specific.

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Job Choices Magazine

For up-to-date information on conducting a job search, writing a resume or cover letter, what employers are seeking in the ideal candidate, interview essentials, starting salaries, and your first year on the job, check out the NACE Job Choices Magazine!

O*NET Link

Occupational Information Network

The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is a free online database that contains hundreds of occupational definitions to help students, job seekers, businesses, and workforce development professionals to understand today's world of work in the United States.