Assignment: Career Exploration (Information for Students)

Exploring Careers by Job Family

  • The goal of this exercise is to introduce you to a wide variety of career paths
  • To make this exercise more manageable, we have created 7 job families that each share similarities. Read the descriptions of each family to see which most closely match your interests and goals.
  • Each Job family will also highlight a small sampling of possible jobs and types of organizations that hire them.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1.   Read through the job family descriptions on the resource provided (Sample Pathways and Career Titles) and Identify at least 2 that seem most interesting to you.
  • Which 2 Job Families seemed the most interesting based on the description?

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  1.   Now that you’ve identified areas of interest. Take a look at some of the jobs possible in each job family. Click on titles that sound exciting to learn more.
  • Which 3 Job Titles sound most interesting to you?

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  1.   Break into groups of 2-4 and discuss the following:

Discussing Job Families

  • Being as specific as you can, what interested you about the Job Families you selected?”
  • Was there anything the Job Families had in common? If yes, what were some of the similarities?

Discussing Job Titles

  • On a scale from 1-10 how much did you know about possible job titles before you started?
    • Were you already aware of the job titles in your top 3?
    • Did you learn about any new job titles that interested you?
  • What interested you about the job titles you selected?
    • Job duties
    • Pay
    • Projected growth
    • Something else. If so, describe below.
  • Were you surprised to see any of the job titles in a job family?

Discuss Your Major

  • For each Job Title, what knowledge and skills do you already have, and can you give an example?”
  • What knowledge and skills will you learn in your degree that will help you succeed in your career?
  • What are some skills or knowledge that might be missing?
  • What classes will you be taking that can help you grow in your knowledge and skills based on your Job Titles?

Gaining Additional Experience

  • What electives, minors or certifications that could help you obtain knowledge and skills useful for your career choices?
  • What opportunities outside of class that could help? Internships? Volunteering?
  • Can any of these options count towards your degree plan?

ACTION STEP:

What is one thing that you can do in the next week to apply the information you learned today?

RESOURCES FOR FURTHER EXPLORATION:

  Meet with your Career Coach & Internship Coordinator to discuss career options and identify potential experiences that can help you try out your career choices.

  • Schedule an appointment through Navigate.
  • What Can I Do With This Major? – Find career areas related to your major. Click on a major of interest to find common career areas, employers and strategies for maximizing career opportunities.
  • Mean Green Mentors – Learn about career experiences from a network of UNT Alumni and Employers.
  • Informational interviews – Talking to current professionals can give you more information about the careers you are interested in.
  • Job Shadowing – Test your career choice(s) by spending a day with a professional in the field.

  Meet with your Academic Advisor to discuss possible minors and certifications to supplement your major coursework.

  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor through Navigate.
  • Check out the UNT Catalog to view classes for your major, minors, certifications and possible electives.