Career Exploration Guide

Are you headed along the right path to your dream career? Like any adventure, your career journey is certain to be much more exciting and satisfying if you have a destination in mind. When you are focused and know your strengths and interests, you can target the industries, organizations and positions that fit you best.

Career Exploration is a key part of the Career Center’s Career Action Plan.

Career Exploration, Step-by-Step:

Explore your interests, skills, personality and work values.

Make an appointment with a career counselor to explore your career interests. The Career Center offers two assessments, the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers-Briggs Temperament Indicator.  

• What skills can I contribute?
• What motivates me to be my best?
• What exactly do I want to do (daily tasks and responsibilities)?
• What organization(s) do I want to work for?

Explore what you can do with different majors.

• Learn more about UNC Asheville’s majors
• Visit "What Can I Do With This Major?"  
UNC Asheville Career Stories blog: Read about what students and alumni from a variety of majors are doing for jobs and internships. Even more UNC Asheville alumni stories available here

 Research occupations

Research job duties, tasks, education requirements, salary, wages and job outlook on O*NET and Occupational Outlook Handbook sites.

 Find sample job postings

Use job search sites such as Handshake.

Ask the experts

• Get advice from faculty and current students in your academic department of interest.
• Arrange Informational Interviews with professionals in occupations of interest.
• Attend Career Panels, networking events and other campus programs where you can learn more about career paths for Liberal Arts students.
• Create your LinkedIn profile and find professionals in your field of interest. 
• Use LinkedIn to find professionals in your field of interest and read more about their career paths.

Give the job a trial run

Consider job shadowing experiences, part-time work, internships or volunteer opportunities to identify what you enjoy doing, test jobs, and build your network.

Download the Career Exploration Step-by-Step Worksheet.

For further assistance, schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor to discuss your career goals.