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The career development process is a lifelong journey. The earlier you begin to focus on your career development, the better prepared you will be to make decisions and pursue the opportunities available to you. 

Good news: There are a variety of things you can do now to prepare for your future! Every class and experience will build your competencies, focus your interests and inform your goals. From individual career advising to career education tools and programs, the Career Center offers extensive resources to help you explore options and develop strategies for pursuing those goals.

Here are the basic elements of your career development journey:

Explore

Get to know yourself: What do you enjoy? What are your strengths? Begin to identify your competencies, transferable skills, interests, values and personality preferences. Gaining awareness of these core elements of self will help you link to potential career fields. Start researching possibilities and think about the connections between experiences and careers. Visit career communities for resources and tools related to particular career interest areas. 

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Build

Strengthen your resume and cover letter writing skills. Refine your career goals and strategy. Test career paths through career conversations, shadowing, involvement in clubs, volunteering, internships, and part-time and summer jobs, and determine potential career direction(s).

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Launch

Make informed and meaningful career decisions. Remember that the choices you make today will not define your entire career path. Instead, focus on the experiences you would like to gain over the next couple of years. 

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