Exploring Career Options/Learning More About Specific Careers/Choosing-Changing a Major
With the assistance of your career counselor, you will be able to both focus and expand your knowledge of the variety of careers that might suit your interests, values, skills, choice of major(s), personal qualities, preferred employer types and life goals. Your counselor may use a career assessment such as the "Strong Interest Inventory" or "FOCUS 2," to help develop your career profile. Click here to register on FOCUS 2. When registering for the first time as a new user, your access code will be: lancer.
Choosing a career can be like a big puzzle that your career counselor can help you unfold and piece together. Often, people are interested in several careers. In that case we can help you choose what you would like to try next, knowing that other potentially satisfying options are available to you as you move through your career over a lifetime. Contact our office to set up an appointment for career counseling.
The Career Resource Center has books about careers, with detailed descriptions. Also, here are some other resources available online:
• Career Zone
• Career Voyages
Interested in detailed information about occupations/descriptions/educational resources in Massachusetts?
• Massachusetts Career Information System
The informational interview is also an excellent way to find out more about careers. We offer coaching and a useful handout that will help you strategize how to connect with professionals to find out more specifically what they do, and what makes a person successful in that career field.
Job shadowing is another way to explore careers. With help from the WS Alumni Association, your career counselor can find alumni working in fields in which you are interested. These alumni are willing to let you spend time at work with them so you can experience what their jobs are like. Talk to your career counselor if you would like to shadow a professional.