Identifying Your Interests / Self-Assessment

What is Career Exploration?

Career Exploration is…

  • Learning about yourself and the world of work.
  • Identifying and exploring potentially satisfying occupations that are in alignment with who you are.
  • Developing an effective strategy to realize your goals.

Worksheet & Resources:

Use the “Professional Development Action Plan worksheet” in the “Career Resources” below as well as the pages under the “Explore Career Interests” tab on the menu bar above to help you explore career options.

1. Self Assessment

Learn about yourself in relation to the world of work

Talk About It!

Career advisers are skilled in helping you make connections between what you know about yourself and career paths to explore.

2. Exploration

Research, and explore potentially satisfying occupations that are in alignment with who you are.

Top Jobs List: Create a Top Jobs list, using the template in Career Resources, guided by what you learned in Step One.

Questions to Consider

  • Why are you selecting these jobs and how do they connect to what you know about yourself?
  • What are some curiosity questions you would like to ask someone who works in these roles?
  • Are there skills these roles require that you need to develop?

Worksheet & Resources Below:

3. Experience

Take what you’ve learned about yourself and potential occupations and test out your interests by getting involved! Getting involved will help you form connections and meaningful relationships with peers and professionals in your field of interest.

Get Involved & Gain Experience


  • Provide opportunities to bring people with similar interests together
  • Give you an opportunity to interact with and learn from peers and professionals
  • Allow you to apply lessons learned from various courses in a hands-on setting


  • Acquire new skills and gain in-depth knowledge in specific organizations and industries
  • Showcase engagement in the professional working world
  • Expand professional networks

4. Reflection

Take time to reflect on what you’ve learned, how you’ve grown, and what that means for you and your place in the world of work.

Reflect on what your experiences have taught you about yourself in regards to your Values, Interests, Personality, and Strengths (VIPS).

  • What aspects of the experience confirmed your VIPS?    
  • What aspects of the experience challenged your VIPS?
  • Incorporate acquired experiences in your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn, etc.

Internships That Launch Careers

On Wednesday, May 22 I facilitated a conversation during Industry Bites: Internships That Launch Careers with UO alum and assistant manager of global hardlines at The Walt Disney Company, Alexia Muller, and current student and upcoming graduate, Elliot Nichols for a special panel about their career paths, what they’ve done to succeed, and how they engaged with and nurtured relationships in their industries.

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Career Exploration Through Internships Part 1: Strategies to Make the Most of Your Summer Break

You might already know that internships are great way to leverage summer break and gain valuable experience that can help you secure a job after you graduate. But if you don’t have an internship lined up for this summer, don’t worry. Here are some things you can do over the summer to prepare you for your next big internship or job.

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In a Few Months, I Will Be Negotiating My First Job Offer—You Should, Too.

I’m so excited that I’m graduating and entering the workforce. Repeatedly, I’m encouraged to negotiate job offers and obtain the most value out of the situation. To demystify this process and gain a well-rounded perspective, I reached out to several people, and I’m sharing my top five takeaways about how to successfully negotiate your first job offer.

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