Career Exploration

Career Exploration is offered to all current NDSU students, as well as recent Alumni.  Exploration is different for everyone:  some students don’t know which major to choose, some don’t know what to do with the major they have chosen, and others are between many majors or career options and just need some assistance narrowing down their options.  A wide variety of students have utilized career exploration services in the past year, and while each student is unique in their needs and hopes for exploration, there are some common resources that students have found to be useful:

  • What Can I Do With This Major?” – Students often say, “I like my major, but I don’t know what I would do with it.” or “I wouldn’t know what jobs I could get with that major even if I did switch majors.”  This tool can help to discover new majors and provide information about the industries and careers that someone with the major would be able to pursue.
  • O*NET OnLine – At the Career Center, Career Coaches often say “We don’t know what we don’t know.”  Students might not be aware of career potential simply because of the infinite number of job opportunities and titles that exist.  This resource can help you learn more about specific jobs and see what a “day to day” in the profession might be like.
  • Interest Inventories – The NDSU Career Center staff are certified in the Strong Interest Inventory and often refer students to interest inventories when they are not certain how their current interests might align with majors and careers.  See iStartStrong and Strong Interest Inventory information below.
  • Personality Type Indicator – Career Coaches are also certified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which can assist students with identifying how their personality type might fit into various work environments and can also help guide students by indicating what roles others of their personality type typically fit into and find enjoyment in.

Exploration certainly isn’t one size fits all.  Career Coaches provide individualized services for all students and Alumni, and encourage anyone who is unsure of where to start with the process to drop-in to our main location in Ceres Hall 306.  In an appointment is preferred, one can be scheduled by emailing Amanda Reil at amanda.reil@ndsu.edu or calling 701-231-7167.

Any staff, faculty, or students that are interested in requesting Career Exploration workshops or sessions can also contact Amanda to get one scheduled.