Determining what career you want to pursue or transitioning careers can be an overwhelming and daunting task. The following career exploration tools will help you determine possible career matches based on your personality, allow you to research various industries and job functions, and help you facilitate conversations with professionals in your potential fields of interest.
The CareerLeader program is a fully integrated approach to business career self-assessment. This free assessment is available to both undergraduate and graduate students. The 60-minute online assessment is designed to help students in their career exploration, planning, and decision-making. The assessment results reveal the key interests, motivators, and skills of a student, the organizational culture that fits the student, and the business careers that best match the student. The assessment also provides "next step" suggestions on how the student can make the most of career planning and preparation.
To take the assessment, contact the Albers Placement Center for an appointment with a career advisor: (206) 296-5687 or visit Pigott 331.
ØIndustry and Professions: Build the foundation for your career search by researching a broad range of disciplines with quick, easy-to-read profiles of different industries and occupations.
ØCompany Profiles: Research thousands of company reports and access relevant information about potential employers. Vault surveys thousands of employees each year about their company culture, salaries, interviewing process, and much more.
ØCareer e-books: Download full-text career guides on everything from “Interviewing” and “Structuring Your Resume,” to in-depth overviews of industries, employers, and even general career topics.
ØArticles, Blogs, & News: Stay current on trends, score advice, and comment on a wide variety of career topics.
ØVault Career Q&A Videos: 1,800+ videos with no-nonsense advice from working professionals on 180+ careers—with new videos added regularly!
ØAdditional Career Tools: Resume and interview tips, networking advice, internship reviews and rankings, sample interview questions and videos, sample resumes, plus much more!
**TIP: It is highly recommended that you create a personal account on Vault so you can save favorites and have a more customized experience. Click on Log In at the top to sign up.
Utilize Seattle University's Handshake system to search jobs and internships. You don't have to apply to anything yet if you aren't ready. But reading job descriptions can help you discover what you might be interested in. You can also research the qualifications for various jobs and plan ahead on what you need to do between now and graduation to be qualified for your desired positions.
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Often times the best way to explore careers is to talk with someone who is in the exact role or industry about which you're curious. This is best done through informational interviewing. The Albers Placement Center is available to help you with informational interviewing including determining potential contacts (i.e., Albers Alumni and people from your personal network) and providing guidance on each step of the process. Check out our Informational Interviews Guide for more information.