First Steps

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Step 4: Investigate Careers

As an Indiana University Bloomington (IUB) student, you’ll work with two different advisors during your years here: your academic advisor and your career advisor. Both play important roles in helping you explore your interests, choose a major, create a plan to achieve your academic and personal goals, and prepare for a successful career.

If you know what major you’d like to pursue, you could visit the Career Development Center (CDC) to find out what careers match this major. If you already have a career in mind, your career or academic advisor can help you find majors that can help you achieve your career goals.

Uncovering your strengths and talents and the kinds of subjects and activities you enjoy are useful first steps in Career Exploration. Go to the CDC’s website to  begin your self-discovery.

The CDC offers career counseling, testing, classes, internships and other resources to aid you in your search and preparation for a rewarding career.

ASCS Q294: College to Career I: Explore Your Options

2 Credits | 8 Weeks | Open to all freshmen and sophomores
In this course you will explore your interests, values, skills, and personality to see how they relate to different majors, careers, and occupational environments.

Career Development Process

Think of career exploration as an ongoing process rather than a one-and-done exercise. Though it begins your first year at IU, you’ll use its guiding principles for the rest of your life.

Career Guides

Each IU Career Guide offers the A-Zs of the industry’s preferred educational backgrounds, as well as employment opportunities and insider tips, and much more. You can search the guides by major or career interest.

CDC Resource Library

Start your career research by using our online library of helpful resources.

Learn About Yourself Webpage

Visit the CDC’s website to learn about the four dimensions of self that should guide your career decisions: your values, interests, skills, and personality.


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