From choosing a major to volunteering or participating in a campus club, there are many things you can do at Saint Louis University to get to know yourself and discover a career path that interests you.
Some students start college knowing what they want to major in. Others want to try a variety of areas before deciding. There are many considerations, and it is normal to have questions. This section will help you evaluate your options. Remember to consult with your academic advisor regarding requirements.
Follow the advice below, take the SLU Majors Quiz, and discover important information by major. Find out what fields a major applies to, learn which employers seek those majors and gain strategies you can use to be successful in your field.
By reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits and skills (VIPS), you gain insight that can help you uncover your optimal career path and work environment.
For those who would like further assessment, Career Services offers the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment and the Strong Interest Inventory. Contact Patrice Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Values are a set of principles that motivate every decision you make. Values come from a variety of sources, including family, personal experiences and cultural context. Clarifying your values and understanding how they connect to various work environments will help you identify meaningful work.
Consider the variety of interests you have, including academic, professional and leisure. What do you like to do for fun? What was your favorite summer job or volunteer activity? What classes do you seek out for electives? All of these considerations may be relevant when considering potential careers.
Personality refers to your natural traits, including the way you like to gather information, make decisions, work with others, and organize your daily life. They also have a favorite way of organizing information and making decisions. When you understand your personality, you can make career decisions that suit you.
Many of the skills you have acquired throughout your life – from jobs, internships, classes, hobbies, volunteer experiences, sports, almost anything – are transferable to the world of work. Understanding and articulating your skills is an essential part of developing a career plan, writing cover letters, and interviewing with employers. The following exercise will help you recognize your transferable skills.
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Outside factors can also influence your career decisions. Taking the time to understand how you've been influenced by family, friends, learning and volunteer experiences, teachers, cultural context, and more can lead to greater self-awareness. Considering the environment in which you were raised can also provide clues about what is most important to you and why.