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Exploring Careers

“What do I want to do” is an important question.  Remember that you are not making a “rest of your life decision” - but one that can help lead you to the creation of a more satisfying academic plan while at UNI – and that there can be many careers which will be of interest to you.  Developing a sense of who you are – exploring your interests, values, skills, personality, and strengths – can make your exploring and connecting to careers a much easier task.

Career Cruising provides detailed career information and resources as well as individuals working in the field.

The Major and Career Handouts from Career Services (102 Gilchrist Hall / 319-273-6857) provides UNI and web resources as well as possible work settings, occupational titles and employers for major and career areas.

Continue to connect with careers though these resources:

  • Career One Stop – Review occupational profiles including wages; employment trends; knowledge, skills and abilities; education and training; and link to other web resources.   Career videos showing the types of work individuals do in near 550 careers are also available.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook - Detailed information including training/education, earnings, expected job prospects, work tasks and environments on hundreds of occupations
  • O*NET - Find information on relating to tasks, knowledge, skills, abilities, work activities and context, interests, work values, wages and employment and related occupations for over 950 jobs
  • The Career Project - Personal accounts of people working in a wide variety of jobs
  • Careers Out There – Watch videos featuring interviews with professionals from many different professions.
  • Job Shadow - Shadow real people’s jobs online….before you go out to shadow in person!

Explore career resources for specific majors at UNI at our Pinterest site.

Using job search sites can also be useful resources to explore and understand your career and work environment interests.

You can also engage in self-exploration and your academic/career exploration journey through the Career Decision Making (POSTSEC 1050) two unit (elective credit) course offered at UNI.

Resources for Getting to Know YOU!

For many students, the decision making process can be made easier by knowing you - your interests, values, skills, personality, and strengths – and then connecting to majors and careers. At UNI we have these resources to help get you started:

  • Career Cruising – Use the web-based interactive survey ( Matchmaker) to answer questions about your likes and dislikes to find careers that match up with your interests.  [Free Assessment]
  • StrengthsQuest – Identify your strengths and gain insights into your areas of greatest potential – the things that you naturally do best.  [Fee-Based Assessment]
  • Strong Interest Inventory – Explore your interests and identify career and education/training options consistent with your interests.  [Fee-Based Assessment]
  • MBTI – Understand your personality type and connect with preferred work tasks, work environments, and job families.  [Fee-Based Assessment]

Make an appointment with your academic advisor (FAQ - Who is my Academic Advisor) to start moving forward with one or more of these assessments and to help you make sense and connections of your results!