Career Exploration

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Use this tool to learn about career options and strategies to make yourself a marketable job candidate.

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Office of Career Services
Activities Building West
Room 102
180 Riverway
Boston, MA
617-879-2056
careerservices@wheelock.edu

Current Students, use MyWheelock to make an appointment. (click on Appointments to search the Career Services calendar for an open appointment.)

Alumni, contact Director Kelly Graham at kgraham@wheelock.edu or 617-879-2056

Career exploration is an important part of your college education whether or not you know what you want to do after graduation. It requires self-assessment, career/job research and the integration of both to make sure your interests, skills and values match the requirements for careers of interest.

Self-Assessment

Finding a career path that is right for you first requires understanding who you are including your interests, personality, skills and values. Below are some resources to help with self-exploration and identification of career options:

Interest Inventories

Skills Assessment

  • Skill Scan - contact Career Services to take this assessment

Values Assessments

Personality Assessments

Career Research

With all the career options out there, how do you learn about all the possibilities and identify which one is right for you? Career research can help. To make an educated career choice you must identify career options, create of list of careers of interest and then understand the job tasks, work environment, education requirements, experience requirements, skill requirements, salary and job outlook for each option. Below are some resources to help with career research:

  • Field Placements and Internships: Your HGD, Social Work, Education, Child Life and JJYA placements, as well as internships, are a great way to explore career paths and jobs as well as determine if a job, career, or workplace is a good fit for you.
  • What Can I Do with This Major: Find yourself asking this question a lot? Then this valuable website that matches majors to careers options is for you.
  • O*NET: The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is a free online database that contains hundreds of occupational definitions to help students and job seekers understand today's world of work in the United States.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook: The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) is a career resource offering information on the hundreds of occupations that provide the overwhelming majority of jobs in the United States. Each occupational profile describes the duties required by the occupation, the work environment of that occupation, the typical education and training needed to enter the occupation, the median pay for workers in the occupation, and the job outlook into the next 10 years for that occupation.
  • Career Fairs, Employer Information Sessions and Other Career Programs: These events are a great way to meet with employers, develop a professional network and learn about career opportunities. Use the Career Services Events Calendar to locate upcoming on-campus and off-campus events.
  • Informational Interviews: Seek out the experience and advice of a professional in a field or organization through informational interviewing. Use the Informational Interview Guide to learn more about and to prepare for an informational interview.
  • Wheelock College Alumni Association LinkedIn Group: See more in Networking, but this is a great way to explore career opportunities through Wheelock alumni working in different fields. Alumni are always happy to aid in your exploration.
  • Alumni Symposium: Attend the annual spring symposium, which provides a thought-provoking day of professional development and networking.

Decision Making

Now it is time to compare your self-assessment to your careers of interest. Do your interests, skills, personality and values match those required to be successful in a career path? If yes, great! You've found a potential career direction. If not, you may want to re-consider and re-assess your chosen career options.

Career Services is here to support your career exploration. Whether it is a conversation about career options, analyzing your self-assessment and/or guidance through the decision making process, we are happy to help.

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