The first step in the Career Roadmap is to
Know Yourself. Whether you are a first year student interested in learning how majors
relate to careers, a senior contemplating graduate school or an alumnus considering
a career change, it is crucial that you first identify your INTERESTS, VALUES, SKILLS
and PERSONALITY PREFERENCES in order to make a well–informed decision.
Learning about your interests will help you identify opportunities to pursue
and the topics you are most naturally drawn to, making school and work more motivating
and enjoyable. Click on the below interest areas, based on John Holland’s Occupational
Themes, to see how they connect to academic and career choices.
Values are the things that motivate us and move us toward certain decisions,
behaviors and goals. Values greatly influence the career decision making process,
job satisfaction and, ultimately, life satisfaction.
Skills are the things that you are good at and have the ability to do well.
Assessing your skills allows you to determine which ones you want to acquire or
further develop, the specific ways to accomplish those goals, and how your skills
match with potential careers.
Personality Preferences & Interpersonal Needs are related to your individual,
innate nature and tend to be consistent over time. Understanding personality and
interpersonal needs allows you to see correlations between the way you make decisions
and your work style.
You can also attend relevant workshops such
as Connect Your Values to Career Satisfaction, Identify Your Skills and Accomplishments,
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and DePaul Interest Finder (DIF).
Learn how to apply your major to specific career areas, what types of employers
are hiring for different majors, and strategies for breaking into particular fields.
Remember, your major does not always determine your career. Professionals use their
education in a variety of fields. Be sure to explore a variety of resources as you
research possible career paths.
Meet with a Career Advisor
An advisor can help you connect your interests to careers and majors.
Office for Academic Advising Support
For undeclared, exploratory, and newly admitted transfer students.
DePaul Undergraduate Majors by College
DePaul Graduate Programs by College
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