When beginning a job search, there are many things to think about and prepare. Determining a few specifics about your goals and criteria for future job prospects will help you find opportunities that are more relevant to your major and career field. 

It can be helpful by starting with a self-assessment. The more you can clarify the type of position you are seeking, the better you will be able to target and strategize your search. Employers notice when candidates understand who they are and where their interests lie. Reflecting upon what you really want in a position and/or company and why, and this will make you a much stronger candidate for a potential job or internship.

To begin, explore how you may answer some of the following questions:

  • What are your career values and how do you want them to be fulfilled in your future position? (Flexible schedule, advancement opportunities, professional growth, and an attractive wage)
  • In what environment would you like to work? (Corporate, small business, educational, non-profit, healthcare, government, etc.)
  • What population are you interested in working with or serving? (Children/youth, business people, educators, lawyers, healthcare providers, artists, etc.)
  • What topics are you excited to explore? (Marketing/advertising, sports and fitness, education, art, social justice, environmentalism, etc.)


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