Take the first step on your career journey: get to know yourself.
Here, find curated information on the following topics:
- Explore Your Interests / Self Assessment
- Build My Network, and
- General Professional Development
Or, visit communities for any of these topics directly:
Answer these questions on your own, or discuss with an advisor.
- What are you curious about?
- What problems or issues are you interested in working on?
- In thinking about your previous classes or experiences (work, volunteer, projects, etc.), are there certain aspects that you liked or did not like?
- What do you enjoy doing?
- What is important to you in how you live your life?
- What have others noted as your strengths and talents–based on letters of recommendation, instructor, supervisor or peer feedback, etc.?
- What do you do that energizes you? Depletes you?
- What were you doing when you felt highly engaged in something or lost track of time because you were so deeply engrossed?
- Which skills do you most enjoy using?
- How do you want to impact the world/society through your work?
- Work through the Self Awareness Canvas and online Developing Self-Awareness course with a career adviser or independently, and consider doing a values sort or self-assessment.
- Try other self-awareness tools like My Next Move, the Interest Profiler on O*Net or ImaginePhD (doctoral students).
- Start a journal or file where you keep all of your thoughts about classes and experiences in one place.
- Discuss what you are discovering about your interests, skills, strengths and values with people who know you well such as mentors, professors, peers and family.
- Consider on-campus opportunities to build self-awareness such as the Kenan Purpose Project.
- Create a mind map to identify ideas and connect themes across your interests and experiences.