- Take a career assessment
- Make an appointment with a career counselor
Experiences are what we need to either confirm or disprove possible career choices, and are an invaluable part of the Career Decision-Making Process. Below are some ideas to consider and links for opportunities right here at Purdue!
Explore resources that will help you apply your academic coursework to the professional world here!
Ask professors and advisors in your department about undergraduate research opportunities to expand your knowledge and explore new ideas.
Experience what a professional in your field does by participating in 3-5 rotational assignments with a company.
Expand your experiences, gain global competence and earn college credit in one of 300 programs from 50 different countries.
Find out which of the 885 student organizations at Purdue interest you.
Work while you are taking classes or purposefully pursue summer employment to develop your career-related skills.
Participate in one of the many opportunities for community engagement and service in Tippecanoe County and beyond.
Apply your classroom experience to make a difference in the community in one of nearly 300 courses offered at Purdue.
Trying to figure out a major that fits you? Looking for a good career choice? Taking assessments can help you:
Assessments cannot tell you the best major or career fit for you. Only you can make the best decision!
Three options for taking assessments to identify your strengths
Available through appointment with a career consultant
Strong Interest Inventory ($10) - Receive 14-23 page report and consultant interpretation to give insight into your interests and help you in deciding on an appropriate career choice.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator ($10) - Receive 11 page report and consultant interpretation of your personality preferences and discover career most often chosen by those with similar personalities
Focus 2 Computer Assisted Career Guidance System (free) - Combines 5 self-assessments, career and major exploration, action planning and decision making in one comprehensive product. Receive consultant interpretation of assessments and referrals to appropriate people and resources.
Want to work independently on identifying your strengths and making a career plan?
Career Beam - Create an account and revisit your profile whenever you wish! Comprehensive online self-assessment system which includes 1) interest, personality, and values inventories and self-reflective exercises for defining your personal traits; 2) Career exploration Resources; and 3) Job Search Tools.
Take a short interest assessment.
Each of the four components of the Career Decision-Making Process requires thoughtful evaluation and planning, and meaningful action steps. Below are some potential action steps and prompts for you to stay on track and gauge your progress.
Choosing a major is an important step in your career planning. Regardless of your choice, you will have many career options. While some careers require a specific major, many professions can be entered from a variety of majors.
Researching majors that interest you is an important part of making a good decision.
Learn about majors offered at Purdue to assist you in choosing a career.
Take a class: Talk to an academic advisor for recommended classes that introduce you to the major and career options for a semester.
Participate in a student organization.
Build your career decisions on accurate information rather than hearsay! Listed below are strategies and tools for obtaining reliable career information.
Read about career possibilities from a number of highly informative websites.
Informational interviewing is an excellent way to learn about the day-to-day tasks, required skills, abilities and personality traits needed in a specific career.
Perform a variety of activities to acquire in-depth knowledge of what it is like to work in a particular field.
What is myCCO?
myCCO is a portal where Purdue students and alumni can apply for internships, full-time and part-time opportunities.
How can myCCO help me?
Employers posting jobs, internships, and other opportunities on myCCO want YOU. Using the myCCO service allows you to take advantage of Purdue University’s reputation and vast network of industry connections.
How do I get a myCCO account?
How can I make the most of myCCO?
Upload Your Resume
Edit Profile Privacy to be included in Resume Books and receive emails from myCCO
Search and Apply for Jobs & On-Campus Interviews
Create Job Search Agents
Follow Purdue Internships on Twitter
What else comes with a myCCO account?
Having trouble creating your account?
Have questions? Please contact the CCO at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accurate Information: Certify my job search documents to be truthful and accurate
Grant Access: Allow CCO to provide my job search documents to prospective employers
Honor Commitments: Keep all appointments that I've scheduled with employers and CCO Staff
Genuine Interest: Sign up for interviews with only employers with whom I'm interested in working
Professional Conduct: Accept an offer of employment in good faith and immediately notify employers of acceptance or non-acceptance of the offer. Withdraw from interviewing process and no longer pursue positions with other employers
Report Suspicious Inqueries: Understand that job seekers can be deceived by organizations posing as legitimate employers. Evidence of this behavior includes requests for personal information (i.e. social security numbers or credit card numbers) and requests for money. If you're suspicious of such an organization, do not respond to them and please share details with us at email@example.com
Consequences for Non-Compliance: Accept that failure to adhere to any point in this agreement may result in the removal of my interview privileges in the Center for Career Opportunities
Provide Services: Assist you with your career decision-making and job search activities
Access of Information: Provide access to a range of career opportunities and types of employers
Non-Discrimination: Provide access and reasonable accommodations to prospective employers without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation or disability
Protect Confidentiality: Exercise sound judgment and fairness in maintaining your confidentiality
Student Advocacy: Respond to employer EEO non-compliance concerns and unethical behavior. Follow-up with those posting suspicious vacancies, when possible, and consult with students and alumni affected by this dubious behavior
If you must miss an interview, you are required to cancel it in advance. When you fail to cancel your interviews in a timely fashion or do not appear for your interviews, your actions reflect poorly on you as an individual and on the University as a whole. Not only do you inconvenience the employer, but you may also deprive another student of a valuable interview opportunity. These situations, if unchecked may also have more serious implications on the University's relationships with employers overall.
Therefore, the Center for Career Opportunities treats these incidents very seriously and advises you to take special note of the following Cancellation and Missed Interview Policy.
Employers typically are not in the office on weekends. Monday appointments should be cancelled no later than Friday morning.
If you miss an interview: