Learn about Yourself
Ultimately, all decisions involve some level of risk. While career decisions rarely have dire consequences, they are often stressful. What if you don’t like your major? What if you're not very good at something required in your job? Will you be able to support the family you hope to have? The stakes of a wrong choice seem very high, but it's important to get beyond your fear and address these questions directly.
Research minimizes risk. Career research is often limited to information about industry, specific occupations, and college majors. This is important information to gather, but it's useless without first researching the most critical part of job satisfaction: yourself.
There are four dimensions of self that should guide your career decisions:
This section of the website explains these concepts to help you define who you are and what you want from a career. If you need help assessing yourself, talk to a career advisor in drop-in advising or enroll in ASCS Q294: Basic Career Development.