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Exploring Your Interests

The most common question you will likely be asked as you near graduation is, “What are you going to study in college?”

While some students already know, many students are undecided. There is plenty you can do to explore your interests and learn about your career options. The resources below will help you do just that.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Explore any and all career paths, fields, and position titles. The Occupational Outlook Handbook provides details on job outlook, job growth, expected income, median-earning salaries, and much more. 

Job Shadows

This classic option for career exploration is always successful. Whether it confirms your interest in a field or completely turns you away, it is sure to be a step in the right direction. Talk with your school counselor about coordinating a job shadow or even take it upon yourself to contact a business of interest and ask if they would be willing to offer a job shadow. This also doubles as an opportunity to start creating a professional network.

Classroom Visits

Much like a college visit, you can request to visit a real college class. If you are curious about a certain major or field of study, this is a great way to get an inside look at what your college classes might be like. As a bonus, it also allows you to get a feel for the university you are visiting. If you are already scheduling a college tour, we definitely recommend adding on a classroom visit.

Internships

Internships aren’t strictly for college students looking to get credit or satisfy a requirement for their degree, that is simply not the case. High school students should be inspired to take on an internship opportunity as well. Another way to look at a high school internship may be a long-term job shadow; it is an opportunity to spend more time around a company to learn the ins and outs, be exposed to different positions within the company, and learn what it takes to be a successful employee in that job field.


Career Paths

At Viterbo, we have more than 70 academic programs. Need help choosing a major? We have come up with seven potential career paths that can help to guide you in the direction of your interests.

www.viterbo.edu/careerpaths

Have no fear, however. Going into college with an undeclared major is perfectly normal. With such a tight-knit and inviting campus, you will be exposed to various interest areas allowing you to find your niche.

Additionally, Viterbo Career Services staff can help you determine a natural fit within a major or job field.

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