Listed below are a few resources to help you along in your career exploration. You may also schedule an appointment with a staff member in Career Development, who can help you to more fully assess your values, skills, and talents, introduce you to different careers, and help address questions that arise along the way.
Stop in or give us a call to set up a time to meet one-on-one with a staff member. We would be happy to talk with you about making career choices.
Strong Interest Inventory and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
The Strong Interest Inventory® (SII) is a career assessment tool for individuals seeking guidance and direction on major and/or career exploration, decision making and planning. It is free to Beloit College students and alumni. The assessment allows you to reflect on your interests and skills, and learn about possible career, educational and leisure option compatibilities based on your personal characteristics. The SII is an online questionnaire which take approximately 45-60 minutes to complete. They can be completed from any computer with Internet access. The SII assessment requires at least one follow up session with a staff member in the Liberal Arts and Practice Center. In the follow up session you will receive a copy of your SII results, go through a comprehensive interpretation of those results, and discuss questions, options and the next steps in your career planning process.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI) is a personality assessment that offers insight into an individual's personality attributes and strengths and weaknesses inherent to them. The MBTI may provide information useful for exploring career areas and industries that fit your personality type. The online questionnaire will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and requires a follow up session with a staff member in the Liberal Arts in Practice Center to provide you with a copy of your MBTI results and provide a full interpretation of those results.
To take an online assessment, contact the Liberal Arts in Practice Center for login information.
Beloit Career Network
The Beloit Career Network (BCN) is an opportunity for current Beloit College students and Beloit College alumni and other supporters of the college to connect and engage with each other through their shared academic and professional pursuits.
The Beloit Career Network is supported by the shared work of the Liberal Arts in Practice Center and Alumni-Parent Relations. The mentoring connections are facilitated by the web-based Liberal Arts in Practice Toolbox. Mentors join the network and indicate the number, frequency, and type of potential connections. Then, students and other alumni in need of mentoring search the current network through the Liberal Arts in Practice Toolbox and invite connections through email.
This is an excellent way to build your network and learn from our alumni. If you would like to take part in the BCN, please schedule an appointment with the Liberal Arts in Practice Center. We will walk you through the search process and provide you access to the network through the Toolbox.
Students who participate in job shadowing are able to receive a firsthand look at the workplace in a career of their choice, make valuable networking contacts and have the opportunity to see how classroom learning can be applied to real world situations.
In 2012, some Beloit College students went on a job shadowing trip to Washington, D.C. See what they experienced. In 2013, eight sophomores went to San Francisco for a similar opportunity. In 2014, 13 sophomores and 1 senior visited Minneapolis for another job shadowing trip.
Starting in 2013-2014, the Liberal Arts in Practice Center began hosting Business in Practice trips during Fall Break. In 2013-2014, students visited Koss Corporation and Michael, Best, and Friedrich LLP during a two-day trip to Milwaukee. In 2014-2015, students will visit Madison, including a site visit to Epic. Students can find more information about applying for the trip here.
Internships are an invaluable way to gain work experience and explore job and career options. Our internship section has helpful information on searching for and funding internship opportunities while at Beloit.
Career Development Library
We have a variety of books, many designed specifically to help you research various careers, industries, and options in your major field of study. From describing a typical day on the job to outlook and salary data, these books can be very helpful.
The Internet contains some outstanding resources for researching specific careers including industry profiles, job descriptions, outlook, salary, career options with specific majors, and much more. We recommend the following sites.
Departmental Websites at Beloit College
Before you leap off campus, be sure to check out your major/minor departmental website for resources.
Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)
The OOH is the federal government's outstanding on-line database on career guidance including descriptions for just about every career you can think of, employment outlook, salary and more.
Another government site similar to the OOH but with descriptions of hundreds of more jobs (sacrifices depth for breadth). This is the on-line version of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT), a career standard.
Contains both research and self-assessment information. When arriving at their homepage, click on Explore Careers.
A collection of responses to interview questions from professionals in various careers that offer insight into the careers, as well as strategies for preparing for and entering the careers.
The Princeton Review
This site includes information on careers, what you can do with various majors, and lists for each major.
Wall Street Journal's JobStar Central
Lots of great information categorized by major and industry.
Contains good information on choosing a major in terms of what you can expect for coursework, career directions etc.