What Career is Right for Me?
If you haven’t figured that out yet, you’re not alone. That’s why we’re here. The AUM Career Development Center’s mission is to educate, empower, and create opportunities for AUM students and alumni to achieve individual professional success.
It all starts when you visit our office in the Taylor Center. We can guide you toward internship and job shadowing experiences since employers love to hire graduates with work experience. We’ll take you through a proven process to assess and explore your career options. We also help students find on-campus, part-time jobs through our Working Warhawks program. And much more!
Exploring Career Options & Preparing You For the Job Search
How Do You Choose a Major and Identify Your Career Field?
Career decision making requires understanding several things about yourself: your values, interests, skills, abilities, and personality characteristics. The AUM Career Development Center uses an online career assessment tool, FOCUS2, to assist you in learning how your unique blend of elements could be used in the workplace. This tool is designed to help students select the right major, explore career options within each major, and establish a plan to achieve career goals.
Create your FOCUS2 account to begin your career exploration! Contact the Career Development Center for Focus2 access code. Make a career advising appointment to discuss your results now.
What Career Myths are Holding You Back?
Start separating fact from fiction as it relates to your career. Here are several common career myths and our response to each.
No job in any career field is going to be a perfect match for your interests, skills, values, and priorities. The goal should be to find career satisfaction – feeling content in your daily work while also having the opportunity to pursue your main interests, engage in meaningful relationships, and contribute to your community. Keep an open mind. If you have two or three main interests, explore where they intersect and consider careers that combine them in interesting ways.
Some majors, such as nursing or accounting will lead to specific career choices within varying environments and industries. Other majors – such as sociology, English, psychology and others – prepare you for a variety of careers by helping you build transferable skills valued by many employers. Josh Sawyer (lead video game designer for Fallout and Pillars of Eternity game series), for instance, has a Bachelor of Arts in History. Choose a major by considering your interests, your desired career (and possible graduate school requirements), and what the major offers in terms of knowledge and skills.
Not necessarily. About a third of all college students change their major at least once in the first three years, and one out of ten change their major more than once. Other students may stay with their original major, but delay choosing a specific career until they are exposed to different subjects – such as a biology major who decides to become an epidemiologist after taking a microbiology class. The process of making an informed major or career decision requires careful consideration of all factors, and the flexibility to explore other options when those factors change.
It is perfectly normal to change careers; most people will follow at least two different career tracks in their lifetime. A person’s interests and priorities will change as they move through their career, as will the job market. Many occupations that exist now will be obsolete in the future, and others do not even exist yet! Career planning is a lifelong process, and with each career opportunity, a person should go through the process of self-assessment and exploration to make an informed decision.
Even graduates in high-demand career fields, such as computers, engineering or medicine are required to demonstrate their career readiness and value to the organization before gaining employment. Completing academic coursework is not enough – students must also engage in experiential learning opportunities such as internships, leadership programs, study abroad assignments, service learning, and research projects to gain accomplishments that demonstrate career readiness to employer organizations and graduate schools. Getting involved in campus organizations is also important; this is a great way to gain critical competencies needed for career success, such as communication, teamwork skills and problem solving.
Additional Career Development Resources
Are you an AUM Faculty or Staff member who would like to incorporate career planning strategies within your classroom or organization? The Career Development Center strives to engage with students throughout all areas of campus life. We would love the chance to partner with you!
Are you an employer needing ambitious, job-ready candidates? #HireAWarhawk
Our mission is to connect you with students and graduates who have the skills and the drive you need to make your business thrive. We can link you with job candidates through job fairs and expos, recruitment events and career readiness programs. Please contact us.
Are you ready to start your job search?
The Career Specialists at the Career Development Center will help you prepare for any employment opportunity by helping you with your resume/CV/cover letter, preparing you for the interview, and showing you how to build your professional network.
Handshake is another valuable tool. In this easy-to-use mobile app, you can find amazing jobs and internships and keep up with Career Development Center events.
Meet Our Staff #cdcstaff
As a Career Services and Higher Education Professional with over 8 years of experience, I have had the opportunity to work with a wide range of students and families. My experience both as a professor and an academic and career advisor has helped to solidify my knowledge base and awareness of how important early guidance can be in a person’s life. I am very passionate about encouraging students to be advocates for their own education. I want to arm students with the knowledge and skill set to thrive in their vocational journey. My goal is to guide students to think outside of their degree box, helping them to utilize all of their talents and skills. Having early assessment and mentorship is something I feel extremely passionate about. Current students and Alumni of AUM are welcome to visit my office for major and career exploration, career planning, resume reviews, and more! Faculty, Staff, and Clubs and Organizations are also invited to request career workshops or presentations when interested.