Career

Exploring Careers

Once you have gained a clearer understanding of who you are and what is important to you, you can now research various career paths. Record your research and thoughts to help keep you organized. Consider connecting with a counselor or other career professional at your campus to assist you with this process.

Helpful Tools When Considering Career Options

Reality Check Tool on iSeek This interactive tool can be used to see how career choices, salary, cost of living, and other aspect effect your overall life situation.

Cost of Living in Minnesota Wage and Budget Calculator The Jobs Now Coalition has created this tool to help you match hourly wages to your monthly budget planning. It identifies the salary needed to support a family's basic needs.

Occupation Research

Gathering Information About Career Options You can use this worksheet to help you organize the information that you gather as you research your career options.

Occupational Outlook Handbook The A-Z index routes you to thousands of careers.

ISEEK Research Careers At this site, you can view detailed information such as the nature of work, preparation, future outlook and wages for various occupations.

O*NET Find Occupations Here you can search for jobs/careers by category or by key words.

Occupation Profiles This site contains videos about many occupations and includes information such as descriptions of working environments, skills needed, and wages.

Trend and Industry Information

Growing Careers in Minnesota Here you can view current trends in Minnesota's future work outlook.

Nontraditional Careers for Women and Men This site encourages you to consider all of your options and not limit yourself to common gender-specific careers. Nontraditional careers focus on work that typically has had 75% or more involvement by one gender.

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Checklists
Career Checklist

Navigate your CareerPlan by referencing the checklist below.

Have you:

  1. Assessed your values, interests, and skills?
  2. Researched possible career choices?
  3. Created a resume and cover letter?
  4. Activated your eFolio account?
  5. Started the job search process?

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Education Checklist

Navigate your EducationPlan by referencing the checklist below.

Have you:

  1. Developed SMART goals?
  2. Decided on a major or program of study?
  3. Assessed your learning style?
  4. Researched study skills and strategies?
  5. Arranged a meeting with an advising professional to select appropriate courses?

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Finance Checklist

Navigate your FinancePlan by referencing the checklist below.

Have you:

  1. Established your short and long-term financial goals?
  2. Created a budget?
  3. Explored resources to help you pay for college?
  4. Assessed your debt situation?
  5. Developed a savings plan for the future?

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Leadership Checklist

Navigate your LeadershipPlan by referencing the checklist below.

Have you:

  1. Assessed your leadership style?
  2. Completed a personality inventory?
  3. Formed your personal mission and vision statement?
  4. Explored the leadership resources?
  5. Participated in a campus or community activity to help build your leadership skills?
  6. Determined your Carbon Footprint?

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Personal Checklist

Navigate your PersonalPlan by referencing the checklist below.

Have you:

  1. Explored the transition to college resources?
  2. Assessed your resiliency and ability to adapt to change?
  3. Established personal fitness goals?
  4. Examined the physical and mental wellness resources?
  5. Researched how to manage healthy relationships?

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Click here to view the GPS LifePlan list of activities and resources.