Exploration (self, majors, and careers)
Focus provides in-depth information about careers and assists students in making informed decisions regarding majors and careers. This system includes five assessments to help identify suitable careers (interests, skills, values, personality, and leisure activities). Another useful feature allows explorers to find out “What can I do with this Major?.”
Create a Focus account and enter “lion” when prompted for the Access code. Follow up with a Career Coach in 104 Main for help reviewing your results and connecting them to Penn State majors and area employers.
Career Assessments – schedule an appointment with a career counselor (104 Main Building / 610-892-1390) to complete the Myers Briggs personality assessment and obtain a comprehensive career report.
CNED 100: Effective Career Decision Making (2 credits) allows exploration of self, majors, and careers.
Refer to the online schedule for more details.
eLion Major Themes (a Penn State resource for current students) – Within eLion, select Major Themes to answer questions about your interests and skills and receive a list of Penn State majors that may be a good match.
DUS Navigator 101 (a Penn State resource available to all) – This educational planning program is designed for first-year students who are exploring majors. It consists of a series of lessons and assignments that will help clarify your interests, consider your abilities, and explore academic opportunities so you can develop a well-informed educational plan. These lessons will also help you assess your academic progress and become knowledgeable about academic policies and procedures.
My Skills My Future (a public resource) – Type in a job you’ve had or want to find careers requiring similar skills.
The O*Net Skills Search (a public resource) – Designed to help you use your skill set to identify occupations for exploration. Select a set of skills from six broad groups of skills to create your customized skill list and generate a list of potential careers.
MyPlan is a comprehensive career planning tool that is FREE to Penn State students and alumni who obtain the license code from Career Services. This system is useful for those in various stages of the career planning process, whether exploring majors, seeking to discover careers associated with specific majors, or changing careers. MyPlan contains four FREE self-assessments and corresponding career suggestions (interests, skills, personality and values), provided the license code is entered during the account registration process. For the code, email firstname.lastname@example.org from your Penn State email account (alumni can schedule an appointment).
College Information Chart (a Penn State resource available to all) – Find Penn State majors by college and the “recommended academic plan”, the “entrance to major” requirements and link to the college bulletin.
MajorQuest (a Penn State resource available to all) - Find Penn State majors by interest areas.
Brandywine Majors & Minors - Be sure to visit the web page of specific majors to learn even more details.
Penn State Majors & Minors - Be sure to visit the web page of specific majors to learn even more details.
Penn State Post-Graduation Activities - includes salaries of Penn State graduates by major.
Alumni Career Coaches (a Penn State resource for students/alumni) – LionLink is a professional networking program that links Penn State students/alumni with Penn State graduates who have volunteered to act as a Career Coach to provide an informational interview with valuable advice on their career/industry.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook (a public resource) – A nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. The Handbook is available to the public at no cost. It is developed and maintained by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and is revised every two years. Click on A-Z index to select and learn about a specific career.
The O*Net (a public resource) – Another nationally recognized source of career information. This database containing hundreds of occupations is continually updated by surveying a broad range of workers from each occupation. This site contains an interactive application for exploring and searching occupations as well as Career Exploration Tools, a set of valuable assessment instruments for workers and students looking to find or change careers. It is developed and maintained by the Department of Labor and is available to the public at no cost.
Military Options (a public resource) - Joining the Military is a big decision. The information on this site will help you carefully weigh the opportunities and benefits service has to offer.
Salary Calculator (available to all) – Developed by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), this salary calculator provides salary ranges based on occupation, geographic region, years of experience, level of education and college attended.
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