Career Exploration is, broadly speaking, the process of matching yourself to the working world. It is often a time-consuming process, but one that can be rewarded with a satisfying way to spend your time and make a living. Many people will go through a process of career exploration several times over the course of their life—in college when choosing a major, when selecting a career, when transitioning into another career, and when looking for ways to stay active after retirement—so the resources below are designed to introduce you to the steps one can take on the path to effective exploration and some resources to help you on your way.
Develop a Career Plan
- Use the FOCUS 2 Assessment Tool to identify your interests, explore career options, and create a career plan
- Professional Development Checklist for Undergraduates
Academic and Professional Planning
- SOU Majors
- Career Development Handouts
- College Board
- What Color Is Your Parachute?
- What Can I Do With This Major?
Identify Your Skills, Interests, and Values
- Oregon Labor Market Information System (OLMIS) & Jobs in Oregon
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - OOH
- Occupational Information Network - O*Net
- Jackson County Non-Profits
- Medford/Jackson County Business Directory - The Chamber
- Oregon Department of Education
- Career Guide to Industries
- CareerInfoNet - Career Videos