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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:

Explore Your Interests / Self Assessment Build My NetworkGeneral Professional Development

Another important step is to explore skills that you may need to develop in this stage of the process:

  • Self-Awareness 
  • Relationship Development
  • Communication

Or, visit communities for any of these topics directly:

Self Awareness Relationship DevelopmentCommunication

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?