ECDO Jobs GuideDefine Your Career Goals

With so many career options, it may seem impossible to decide what you want to be when you grow up. Fear not. There are many steps you can take to define your career goals and begin an effective job search.

Whether you are considering graduate school or planning to enter the work force immediately upon graduating, you should start with these first steps as soon as possible. Please do not wait until your senior year to start this process! The earlier you are able to assess your skills and interests and how they relate to specific careers, the easier it should be for you to find a great position.

Make A Plan - To be successful you need to make a plan. Take a look at this Game Plan for Success which outlines what you can do each year of your college career that will lead to a successful professional career.

Assess Your Skills - An important part of determining your career goals is determining your unique set of skills. Employers will need to know if you are able to do the duties outlined in the position description. You need to be able to articulate this as well. Think of it as your sales pitch. They need to know why you are the best person for the job. By assessing your skills you’ll know what you have to offer to an employer.

Your Career Options - One of the best ways to define your career goals is by learning about the types of companies and positions that seek someone with your unique set of interests, skills and experiences. How can you learn about these companies and positions?

In addition, many company sites offer extensive advice to applicants on how to improve resumes, cover letters and interviewing skills. Look for the “careers” tab on the company web site.

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