Learn About Yourself, Explore Your Options
Career development is only one element of the career management process that increases self-awareness as you evaluate your interests, skills, priorities and characteristics. Learning about and working through the stages enables you to decide on a major/minor/program of emphasis, a career field, or a vocational interest.
Career Assessment and Evaluation Inventories
It is always a good idea to take several interest assessments. We strongly recommend that you make an appointment with the Wilson Counseling Center to take career inventories. The Wilson Counseling Center will provide an interpretation of the assessment results. Taking the inventories that A-State offers will provide you a good start on your career management process.
Job shadowing is an opportunity for you to connect or “shadow” with a professional who has specific knowledge about an occupation or career in which you are interested. Informational interviewing is meeting with an employer to ask and gather some of the same basic information.
While the purpose of job shadowing and informational interviewing is to gather career related information and expand your networking contacts, it also allows you to build interviewing skills, become aware of trends in the field, and see workforce technologies in action. Multiple experiences of both may be arranged to allow you to explore a variety of career paths.
Employer Information Session
Employer Information Sessions are established for students to meet employers and explore career options.
Students who attend gain insight about the employer's philosophy, history, training programs, and management style. It also provides an opportunity for students to develop a networking system by talking with employers. For more information on Employer Information Sessions, check our website, Handshake, or log in to Career Connect.