You can’t figure out how to get where you are going without first knowing where you currently are and identifying all of the possible paths that could lead to your destination. You will need to explore to gain a better understanding of who you are and the majors and careers that might be a good fit for you.

Self-Exploration

  1. Reflect on past experiences to identify skills, values and interests that are important to you in your career
  2. Complete the Strong Interest Inventory assessment to help identify career fields, occupations, and college majors that may be a good fit for you based on your self-rated interests
  3. Take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to gain an understanding of your natural personality preferences and work environments that might be a good fit for you
  4. Develop a comprehensive document including your strengths that you want to play a major role in your career, the values that are most important to you, your strongest interest areas and your personality type
  5. Schedule an appointment with Career Services to discuss what you have learned and how you can apply this to your future research about the world of work

Explore Majors & Careers

  1. Read about programs at OSU-Cascades and discuss major and minor options with your Academic Advisor
  2. Talk to Faculty and upperclassmen in majors you are interested in for additional information
  3. Visit the What Can I Do With My Degree page to research potential career directions for each major
  4. Take a wide variety of classes to broaden your exposure to various majors and career paths
  5. Utilize resources such as O*NET Online, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, or the Oregon Labor Market Information System to learn more about specific occupations that you are interested in
  6. Network with employers and alumni to perform informational interviews to gather additional information about specific companies and/or occupations