In a world of unlimited possibilities it's important to know the facts. On the Career Center website you have 24/7 access to online career resources, in addition to individual appointments with career center advisors. It's our goal to help you learn about career opportunities and how to set up informational interviews and job shadowing experiences for you to make well informed decisions about your future.
Finding a major that fits your interests, personality, skills and values can be tough. We have an online self-assessment tool and career exploration resource called Career Coach to help you.
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Informational interviews are:
- a professional conversation between you, a student and an individual in a career field you are interested in pursuing.
- an opportunity to increase your professional contacts and expand your network.
- Informational Interviewing 101: This handout has tips about how to conduct informational interviews.
Job Shadowing is:
- observing a professional at work for a few hours to see what it's like to be in that career field.
- a great way to make connections and grow your network.
- a way for you to explore interesting career paths.
- similar to a job shadowing experience, but for a longer period of time.
- an opportunity to get involved with a short-term assignment or project in a career field that interests you.
- a great way to decide if you're ready for a longer internship opportunity.
- dedicating your time and skills to an organization or cause.
- a great way to gain skills and give back to the community.
- a period of time (typically nine weeks to a semester long) during which you, a student, gain supervised practical project based experience in a career field.
- paid or unpaid and full-time or part-time.
- opportunities to make connections in professional fields you are interested in pursuing.
- one way an employer can guide and evaluate talent for full-time opportunities.