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The model below shows key parts of Career Decision-Making. Click on the circles in the model to access resources. Planning your career is a lifelong expedition.

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IDENTIFY STRENGTHS

Trying to figure out a major that fits you? Looking for a good career choice? Taking assessments can help you:

  1. Recognize your interests, values, personality, and abilities as well as...
  2. Suggest careers or majors that will utilize your strengths

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

Take In-Depth Assessments

Available through appointment with a career consultant

More Resources

Work Independently

Want to work independently on identifying your strengths and making a career plan?

More Resources

Take a Quick Quiz

Take a short interest assessment.

More Resources

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Gain Relevant Experience

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!

Internships

Explore resources that will help you apply your academic coursework to the professional world here!

Research

Ask professors and advisors in your department about undergraduate research opportunities to expand your knowledge and explore new ideas.

Co-ops

Experience what a professional in your field does by participating in 3-5 rotational assignments with a company.

Professional Practice Programs Website

Study Abroad

Expand your experiences, gain global competence and earn college credit in one of 300 programs from 50 different countries.

Study Abroad Website

Student Organizations

Find out which of the 885 student organizations at Purdue interest you.

Student Organizations Website

Summer Jobs / Part-Time Work

Work while you are taking classes or purposefully pursue summer employment to develop your career-related skills.

Volunteer Opportunities

Participate in one of the many opportunities for community engagement and service in Tippecanoe County and beyond.

Volunteer Opportunities Website

Service Learning

Apply your classroom experience to make a difference in the community in one of nearly 300 courses offered at Purdue.

Service Learning Website

explore careers

Build your career decisions on accurate information rather than hearsay! Listed below are strategies and tools for obtaining reliable career information.

Read

Read about career possibilities from a number of highly informative websites.

Talk to People in Jobs

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.

Informational Interviewing

Gain Experience

Perform a variety of activities to acquire in-depth knowledge of what it is like to work in a particular field.

 

look into majors

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.

Read

Learn about majors offered at Purdue to assist you in choosing a career.

Talk To: 

Try It Out!

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.

Need to Change Your Major?

Process for Changing Your Major (CODO) & CODO Requirements

 

Evaluation, Planning & Action

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.

Self Assessment

Action Steps:

  • Take a career assessment
    Make an appointment with a career counselor
  • Other: _________________________________________________________
What I Learned:
  • _________________________________________________________________
  • _________________________________________________________________
Where to go from here:
  • _________________________________________________________________

Look Into Majors

Action Steps:

  • Research majors using on Purdue’s Admissions websites
  • Identify majors that fit your personality, interests, values and skills
  • Talk to academic advisors and upperclassmen about potential majors
  • Other: _________________________________________________________
What I Learned:
  • _________________________________________________________________
  • _________________________________________________________________
Where to go from here:
  • _________________________________________________________________

Explore Careers

Action Steps:

  • Research careers using web resources such as O*Net
  • Informational interviewing of individuals in the field you are interested in
  • Other: _________________________________________________________
What I Learned:
  • _________________________________________________________________
  • _________________________________________________________________
Where to go from here:
  • _________________________________________________________________

Gain Relevant Experience

Action Steps:

  • Test an interest through a taking a class
  • Test an interest through a part-time job or internship
  • Test an interest by joining a club or organization
  • Other: _________________________________________________________
What I Learned:
  • _________________________________________________________________
  • _________________________________________________________________
Where to go from here:
  • _________________________________________________________________

Choose a Major and Plan Your Career!




The model below shows key parts of Career Decision-Making. Click on the circles in the model to access resources. Planning your career is a lifelong expedition.

Gain Relevant Experience

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!

Internships

Explore resources that will help you apply your academic coursework to the professional world here!

Research

Ask professors and advisors in your department about undergraduate research opportunities to expand your knowledge and explore new ideas.

Co-ops

Experience what a professional in your field does by participating in 3-5 rotational assignments with a company.

Professional Practice Programs Website

Study Abroad

Expand your experiences, gain global competence and earn college credit in one of 300 programs from 50 different countries.

Study Abroad Website

Student Organizations

Find out which of the 885 student organizations at Purdue interest you.

Student Organizations Website

Summer Jobs / Part-Time Work

Work while you are taking classes or purposefully pursue summer employment to develop your career-related skills.

Volunteer Opportunities

Participate in one of the many opportunities for community engagement and service in Tippecanoe County and beyond.

Volunteer Opportunities Website

Service Learning

Apply your classroom experience to make a difference in the community in one of nearly 300 courses offered at Purdue.

Service Learning Website

IDENTIFY STRENGTHS

Trying to figure out a major that fits you? Looking for a good career choice? Taking assessments can help you:

  1. Recognize your interests, values, personality, and abilities as well as...
  2. Suggest careers or majors that will utilize your strengths

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

Take In-Depth Assessments

Available through appointment with a career consultant

More Resources

Work Independently

Want to work independently on identifying your strengths and making a career plan?

More Resources

Take a Quick Quiz

Take a short interest assessment.

More Resources

Get Acrobat Reader
Get Adobe Reader

look into majors

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.

Read

Learn about majors offered at Purdue to assist you in choosing a career.

Talk To: 

Try It Out!

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.

Need to Change Your Major?

Process for Changing Your Major (CODO) & CODO Requirements

 

explore careers

Build your career decisions on accurate information rather than hearsay! Listed below are strategies and tools for obtaining reliable career information.

Read

Read about career possibilities from a number of highly informative websites.

Talk to People in Jobs

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.

Informational Interviewing

Gain Experience

Perform a variety of activities to acquire in-depth knowledge of what it is like to work in a particular field.