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Exploratory Students

Helpful Resources for Exploratory Students

Self-exploration is a necessary component of choosing the major that best fits your interests, abilities, and values. For many majors, a variety of careers are at your disposal – it just depends on where you want to take it!

You may find the online assessment FOCUS to be a starting point in the career exploration process. FOCUS can help you make well informed decisions about your educational and career plans but will not tell you what career path to follow. After you take this assessment, please contact the Career Development Center to make an appointment with a Career Coach to review your results.

Once you decide on a potential career to explore, research the nature of the work and the industry through the Web, print resources (such as newspapers, magazines and journals), and informational interviewing. Below are helpful links to assist you with this process.


FOCUS Career Assessment System: http://unhcareercenter.com/focus

What can I do with a major in...? http://unhcareercenter.com/what-can-i-do-with-this-major/

Get involved, build your skills, and explore major specific clubs through UNH Student Activities: http://www.newhaven.edu/10567

Research hundreds of occupations and education requirements for specific fields through the Occupational Outlook Handbook:

Explore careers, salaries and obtain industry information through CareerOneStop: http://www.acinet.org

Speak with someone in the field you are interested in and conduct an informational Interview: http://www.quintcareers.com/informational_interviewing.html

Job shadow for a day, week, or longer to observe a career professional in your interest area: http://www.internweb.com  

Consider an internship to explore a specific career in more depth. Internships can be completed during the semester or over the summer on a part-time basis and can be for credit or not for credit: http://www.newhaven.edu/149811

Don’t forget about searching volunteer and part-time job opportunities to obtain practical experience in your career area of interest!

The Career Development Center can help you with each of these steps. Contact Dina Wulinsky to begin the fun and exciting Exploratory process!