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Career Center: Major & Career Exploration
Not sure what major or career is best for you? You're not alone! Common questions people ask you when they find out you are in college are, “What is your major?” and “What are you going to do with your major?” You will be asked these questions from now until you graduate, and not having the answers can be very frustrating. Nevertheless, it is okay to be struggling with these questions. The Career Center has the tools and resources to help you!
The E-4 is a four phase guide to help you design your plan of action for your time at the University of Portland. Each phase has a theme to encourage students to take advantage of the many resources on and off campus: Explore, Engage, Experience, and Enhance. It is not merely a "To Do" list of items to check off a list – rather it is a customizable plan that enables you to tailor your plan and engage with resources (people, places, activities, etc.) that with support your goals. For more information about the E4, visit E4 Career Prep Link.
The O*NET Interest Profiler - My Next Move is a self-assessment, career exploration tool that can help you discover the type of work activities and occupations that you may like and find exciting. It is composed of 60 items describing work activities that represent a wide variety of occupations as well as a broad range of training levels. At the completion, you will receive a profile of your interests that: provides valuable self-knowledge about how your interests relate to possible vocations, fosters career awareness, and provides a window to the entire world of work via the 800+ occupations within O*NET Online.
The O*NET Interest Profiler’s completion time is approximately 20 minutes. It includes an introductory section, questions about interests, a Job Zone section, a Score Report and a Career List. The instrument uses your Score Report along with your level of preparation to direct you toward occupations that most closely match your interests.
• Careers by College Major – Career Thoughts
• Career Advice – Career Thoughts
• Career OneStop Career Videos
• Explore Health Careers
• Occupational Outlook Handbook – Recommended
For most people, career development is a lifelong process of learning and exploration as we try to find our niche in the “world of work.” Career development can be broken down into several phases or stages. Each individual varies in their progress through this process for many reasons; some advance rapidly through each phase, while others progress more slowly. Individuals may repeat all or parts of the career development process at various points throughout their lives as values, interests, abilities and life circumstances change.
Below is an overview of the Career Development Process:
If you have questions about exploring majors or careers, please contact the Career Center at 503.943.7201 or firstname.lastname@example.org.