First Year Students: Discover Your Path!

Now is the time to explore all of your questions about who you are and what you want out of the life ahead of you! We can help you assess your skills, strengths, interests, values and personality as you make decisions about majors and careers. The more you know about your career-related interests and strengths, the better equipped you will be to identify an area of study and future career.

Checklist for Success in Year 1: ASK QUESTIONS

      • Introduce yourself to the Director of Career Services at orientation or during Career Café Wednesdays at 11:00am in Levin Room.
      • Get involved on campus—student organizations, Greek Life, volunteer opportunities, athletics, musical groups, theater!
      • Take an interest self-assessment to examine your interests, skills, and values: Paper worksheet or online.
      • Examine short- and long-term goals, your mission, and your purpose.
      • Do some fact-finding online. Examine majors in the Catalog. Skim course descriptions and mark those that sound interesting. Examine requirements of academic departments.
      • Talk with faculty and your peers about different majors—start researching your interests and ASK QUESTIONS! Ask how they linked their education to a career.
      • Attend early Career Services and academic department events on campus to gain insight from faculty. Talk with alumni and professionals about their own career paths and education. [link to calendar]
      • Keep a record of who you’re meeting: faculty, department chairs, coaches, mentors, upperclass students, and alumni—these people can help you discuss majors and career paths. Always be broadening your network.

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Caitlin Rethorst

Assistant Dean of Student Development/Director of Career Services
Office Pihlblad Memorial Union Office of Student Development Phone: 785.227.3380 x8274 Read Biography
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